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California Desalination Projects On Track to Receive Substantial Proposition 1 Grant Funding

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently released draft funding recommendations totaling over $34 million in Proposition 1 funds for eight desalination projects and…

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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure For Challenging Regulations Defining the Scope of the Clean Water Act, Leaving Substance Unresolved

Reversing a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court held that challenges to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations defining “Waters of the…

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Can the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Designate Uninhabitable Areas as ‘Critical Habitat’ of a Listed Species—Must Courts Defer to Its Interpretation of the ESA?

Can areas unoccupied and uninhabitable by a species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) nonetheless be designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

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California Governor Jerry Brown’s New 5 Million Zero Emission Vehicles Goal

In March 2012, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order establishing a goal of 1.5 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on California roads by 2025…

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U.S. District Court Addresses the Issue of CERCLA Defendants that are ‘Dead and Buried’ Corporations, Liability as ‘Persons’ and the Importance of Discovery

Plaintiffs, Garrett Day LLC and the Ohio Development Services Agency, spent some $1.7 million cleaning hazardous substances released from a century-old paper mill in Dayton,…

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New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act Burdens Clarified by the U.S. District Court

The State of New Jersey is involved in a major lawsuit seeking natural resource damages from large petroleum and chemical companies on account of Methyl…

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Montana Supreme Court Affirms Water Court’s Apportionment of Disputed Irrigation Rights

On November 14, 2017, the Montana Supreme Court affirmed the Water Court’s order settling a title dispute over four irrigation water rights between two neighboring…

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Justice Kennedy’s Opinion In Rapanos Still Controls Questions of Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Within the Ninth Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on November 27, has re-established that Justice Kennedy’s concurring opinion in Rapanos still controls Clean Water Act jurisdiction over…

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How Department of the Interior Modification of Gold Butte National Monument In Nevada Implicates Water Rights

Raging across headline news wires during the month of December 2017 are reports about the federal government’s review of existing national monuments, with Department of…

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U.S. Secretary Of The Interior Formally Executes Pechanga Water Rights Settlement Agreement

On November 29, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Mark Macarro, Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians (Tribe) formally…

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