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Historic Colorado River Agreement Between the United States and Mexico Extended with ‘Minute 323’ to the 1944 Mexican Water Treaty

The main agreement governing the Colorado River between the United States and Mexico was extended on September 26, 2017 in Ciudad Juarez. The new agreement—officially…

Read More 2017-11-15

U.S. Supreme Court Develops New Multi-Factor Test In Regulatory Takings Analysis

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important property rights case, holding that the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin was correct in analyzing a landowner’s…

Read More 2017-09-14

Governor Brown Signs Assembly Bill 321 Into Law—Farmers and Ranchers Now Considered Beneficial Users under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

On July 17, 2017, as part of the state’s efforts to further implement its groundwater management policies, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 321…

Read More 2017-09-14

California State Water Resources Control Board Publishes Final Draft for Proposed Rule Regarding New Wetlands Regulations, Permitting Procedures

On July 21, 2017, as part of its ongoing efforts to “increas[e] the quantity, quality, and diversity of wetlands that qualify as waters of the…

Read More 2017-08-28

Farm Groups’ Suit Requests to Set Aside Federal Rule Designating over 1.8 Million Acres of Critical Habitat

On July 31, 2017, three non-profit organizations representing farming and ranching entities brought suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The groups allege…

Read More 2017-08-28

Calif. Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) has announced approximately $24.5 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the…

Read More 2017-08-25

EPA AWARDS WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY JUST OVER $3 MILLION TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $3,080,000 to the Washington Department of Ecology to help protect human health and the environment through a…

Read More 2017-08-24

State Water Board Approves Removal of Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium

On August 1, 2017, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution to remove the current maximum contaminant level (MCL) for the pollutant…

Read More 2017-08-07

DWR’s Final 2017 Construction Plans for Lake Oroville Spillways Project Approved

On July 26, 2017 the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction work on the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project.…

Read More 2017-08-03

California OPR Releases 2017 General Plan Guidelines

OPR is statutorily required by Government Code Section 65040.2 to adopt and periodically revise the State General Plan Guidelines (GPG) for the preparation and content…

Read More 2017-08-03