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California Water Law & Policy Reporter

August/September 2014

Volume 24, Number 11 August/September 2014


DWR and the Bureau Ask the State Water Resources Control Board to Force Water Right Holders to Provide Additional Information311


U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Streamline Permitting Process to Construct Surface Water Storage Projects on Federal Lands314

Significant New Legislation to Manage Groundwater Moves Forward in the California Legislature as Dramatic Groundwater Losses Are Reported in the West315


State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Emergency Regulations for Urban Water Conservation and to Curtail Diversions in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Systems318

State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Statewide General Permit for Recycled Water Use amidst Water Supply Pressures320

State Water Resources Control Board Announces New Storm Water Strategic Initiative322

California Announces New Drinking Water Standard for Hexavalent Chromium—Declares Previously Contaminated Level Safe to Drink324


Court of Appeals:

Fifth Circuit Finds Property Owner Lacks Subject Matter Jurisdiction to Review U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determination326

Belle Co., L.L.C. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ___F.3d___, Case No. 13-30262 (5th Cir. Jul. 30, 2014)

District Court:

District Court Upholds NEPA No Significant Impact Finding for Central Valley Project Water Trans-


AquAlliance v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:14-CV-000945-LJO-BAM (E.D. Cal. July 11, 2014).

District Court Denies Standing to Plaintiffs Alleging Economic Injury Due to Clean Water Act Regula-


Permapost Products, Inc. v. John M. McHugh, Secretary of the U.S. Army, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 3056506 (D. D.C. July 7, 2014).


District Court of Appeal:

Fifth District Court Holds Invalid a City’s Attempted Expansion of Irrigation District Boundaries333

City of Patterson v. Turlock Irrigation District, 227 Cal.App.4th 484 (5th Dist. ]2014).

First District Court Upholds State Water Resources Control Board’s Prohibition on Diversions for Frost Protection to Protect Russian River Salmon335

Light v. State Water Resources Control Board, ___Cal.App.4th___, Case No. A137440 (1st Dist. June 6, 2014).

Fifth District Court Finds Interim CVP Renewal Contracts Are Exempt from Review under the California Environmental Quality Act337

North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Westlands Water District, 227 Cal.App.4th 832 (5th Dist. 2014).