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Water and Energy—U.S. Department of Energy and Department of the Interior Publish National Offshore Wind Strategy

In September, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) jointly released a national Offshore Wind Strategy (Strategy) in order…

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California Supreme Court Rejects Save Our Neighborhood v. Lishman’s ‘New Project’ Test For Subsequent Review under CEQA

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court rejected the notion that public agencies should get no deference in deciding whether to treat proposed projects…

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U.S. EPA’s Collection of Private Information for Clean Water Act Enforcement Shielded From Freedom of Information Act Disclosure by Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

As government agencies collect private information in increasingly large and sophisticated data caches, that data remains susceptible to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act…

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California Superior Court Rules State Water Resources Control Board Has Authority under Public Trust Doctrine to Regulate Groundwater Pumping

The Sacramento County Superior Court has entered final judgment in Environmental Law Foundation et al. v. State Water Resources Control Board and County of Siskiyou,…

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U.S. Department of the Interior Inspector General Confirms Misuse of Government Funds in Klamath Basin Controversy

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an audit report assessing whether the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) had…

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Texas Supreme Court Extends the ‘Accommodation Doctrine to Groundwater Estates

The Texas Supreme Court has taken steps to extend the “accommodation doctrine,” which was initially developed to resolve disputes between surface and minerals owners, to…

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California Supreme Court Upholds State Law Restrictions Against Suction Dredge Mining In Waters on Federal Land

The California Supreme Court ruled in People v. Rinehart, ___Cal.4th___, Case No. S222620 (Cal. Aug. 22, 2016), that California state laws restricting the practice of suction…

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California Water Commission to Consider Revised Regulations on Eligibility of Water Storage Projects for Proposition 1 Funding

On September 2, the California Water Commission (CWC) released revised draft regulations designed to implement the Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). The regulations govern eligibility…

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San Francisco Superior Court Deems Sufficient the Environmental Review for the NBA® Warriors Arena and Mixed Use Project

The San Francisco Superior Court has denied two petitions for writ of mandate to set aside the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure’s (OCII) certification…

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California Fifth District Court of Appeal Holds City Did Not Abuse Discretion in Determining that Shopping Center Project was Consistent with Its General Plan

The Fifth District Court of Appeal has held that the City of Modesto’s General Plan contains flexible policies that permitted the approval of a shopping…

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