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California Court of Appeal Holds City’s Ban on Short-Term Rentals in Coastal Zone Constituted An Amendment Requiring Coastal Commission Approval

By Bridget McDonald In an April 6, 2022 published decision, the Second District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court order enjoining the City of Manhattan…

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Ninth Circuit Rules Clean Water Act Water Quality Objectives Are Not Directly Applicable to Nonpoint Source Dischargers

By Helen Byrens and Rebecca Andrews The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently granted a summary judgment affirming that the government had…

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EPA Takes Three Major Steps Towards Regulating PFAS Compounds Through the Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Program

By Meghan Quinn and Darrin Gambelin On April 28, 2022 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three actions related to the regulation of the per-…

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California Supreme Court Finds Issue Exhaustion Is Not a Prerequisite to Seeking Judicial Review of Business Improvement District Assessments Under Proposition 218

By Bridget McDonald The California Supreme Court in Hill RHF Housing Partners, L.P. v. City of Los Angeles reversed the Second District Court of Appeal’s…

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California Court of Appeal Finds City Did Not Violate CEQA By Failing to Summarize Revisions to Previously Circulated Programmatic EIR In Recirculated Draft

By Bridget McDonald In the partially published opinion the Fourth District Court of Appeal held, for the first time, that the City of San Diego…

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Colorado Supreme Court Affirms Water Court’s Jurisdiction over Dispute Involving Land Developer’s Alleged Ditch Modifications

By John Sittler, Esq., and Jason Groves, Esq. On November 15, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Division 1 Water Court’s decision in a…

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California State Water Board and DWR Release Report on New Groundwater Management Principles and Strategies for Drinking Water

By Jaclyn Kawagoe and Derek Hoffman The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), in coordination with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB or Board),…

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Tenth Circuit Decision Reinforces Federal Clean Air Act Citizen Suits Against Mobile Sources

By Monica Browner and Hina Gupta In its recent decision in Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (UPHE) v. Diesel Power Gear, LLC, et al.,…

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reissues and Modifies New Clean Water Act Section 404 Nationwide Permits

By Lowry Crook, Ana Schwab and Rebecca Andrews On December 27, 2021, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) finalized 40 nationwide permits and…

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Mississippi v. Tennessee: U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Groundwater in Interstate Aquifer Is Not Owned by States but Is Equitably Apportioned Among Them

By Roderick E. Walston In Mississippi v. Tennessee, ___U.S.___, Case No. 143 Original (Nov. 22, 2021), the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that in a…

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