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Incidental Take Permit Issued For California WaterFix

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued an incidental take permit for the construction and operation of California WaterFix in compliance with Section…

Read More 2017-08-02

Proposed Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” – Recodification of Pre-existing Rules

The EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, along with Mr. Douglas Lamont, senior official performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works,…

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Motion to Hear New Mexico’s Suit Against Colorado over Gold King Mine Spill

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected New Mexico’s lawsuit against Colorado over damages incurred from the Gold King Mine spill. The Court…

Read More 2017-07-06

Oregon Revises Its Clean Water Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Industrial Stormwater Permit

Oregon has proposed changes to its industrial stormwater permit, which covers approximately 800 facilities throughout the state. The changes include lowered pollutant benchmarks, new corrective…

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Nevada State Engineer Approves Inter-Basin Water Transfer to Offset Increased Flow Rates Between Basins

Pursuant to Chapter 534 of the Nevada Revised Statues, when the Nevada State Engineer determines that a groundwater basin is being depleted: "…the State Engineer…

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California Removes Cap-And-Trade Expenditure Plan From 2017-2018 Budget

On May 31, 2017, California’s Budget Bill (AB 96) was amended to remove the $2.2 billion Cap-and-Trade expenditure plan (C&T Plan) proposed by Governor Jerry…

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California Natural Resources Agency Releases Draft Update to Safeguarding California—The State’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

In May 2017, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) released for public review and comment a draft of Safeguarding California: 2017 Update (Draft Update), which…

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The Ghosts of Redevelopment Linger California—Third District Court of Appeal Strikes Down City’s Attempt to Preserve Redevelopment Funding

In the aftermath of the Great Recession the California state government was scrounging for funding anywhere it could find it. One target in particular turned…

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California’s Third District Court of Appeal Holds City Cannot Use Redevelopment Funds to Pay Revenue Bond Debt

The Third District Court of Appeal has held that the City of Santa Maria cannot use redevelopment funds to pay bond debt because the redevelopment…

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California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal Upholds Referendum Challenging Zoning Change

The wave of populism that gave California the initiative and referendum continues to reverberate in local land use issues. Something as routine as a rezoning…

Read More 2017-07-06