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California Water Law & Policy Reporter

February 2016

Volume 26, Number 5 February 2016


California’s Water Supply: How Bad Is It? Will El Niño Save Us? by Derek Hoffman, Esq. and Michael Duane Davis, Esq., Gresham Savage Nolan 123


Proposition 1 Water Bond Grant Funding Deadlines Fast Approach-


Metropolitan Water District Evaluates Existing Restrictions in Delta Islands Purchase129


U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Releases Scoping Report for the Draft Long-Term Plan for Protecting Late Summer Adult Salmon in the Lower Klamath River131

U.S. EPA Proposes 30 New Contaminants Public Water Systems Must Monitor132

Mojave Water Agency Obtains Licensing Exemption from FERC Opening the Door to Potential Conduit Hydropower Project134

State Water Resources Control Board Issues Administrative Civil Liability Complaint for Failure to Respond to Russian River Tributaries Informational Order135

State Water Resources Control Board Proposes Emergency Regulations for Measuring and Reporting Diversions of Water137

State Water Resources Control Board Issues Proposed Revisions to Urban Water Conservation Standards139


Proposed Ballot Measure Provides for Tiered Water Rates142


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Eleventh Circuit Finds EPA’S Decision to Defer Program Withdrawal Proceedings Was Not a ‘Determination’ Subject to Appeal144

Cahaba Riverkeeper v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 14-13508 (11th Cir. Nov. 30, 2015).

District Court:

District Court Finds California Regional Water Board Not a ‘Necessary Party’ to a CWA Citizen Suit Deciding Clean Water Act Enforcement146

Friends of Mariposa Creek v. Mariposa Public Utilities District, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 1:15-cv-00583-EPG (E.D. Cal. Nov. 30, 2015).