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California Water Law & Policy Reporter

April 2023

Volume 33, Number 7 April 2023



California Department of Water Resources Hosts Public Scoping Meetings, Accepts Public Comments, for Searsville Watershed Restoration



Bill Introduced in the California Senate Seeks to Modernize State’s Network for Collecting and Measuring Surface Water Flows158


Department of Water Resources Addresses 12 Central California Groundwater Sustainability Plans160

California State Water Resources Control Board’s New Sanitary Sewer Systems Waste Discharge Requirements to Take Effect this Summer162


Circuit Court of Appeals:

Ninth Circuit Rules 2020 EPA Rule on Section 401 Certification to Remain In Effect During Agency Reconsideration164

In re Clean Water Act Rulemaking, ___F.4th___, Case Nos. 21-16958, 21-16960, 21-16961 (9th Cir. Feb. 21, 2023).

Seventh Circuit Allows Subpoena Seeking Video Footage of Search During Clean Water Act Criminal Investigation166

United States v. Doe Corporation, 59 F.4th 301 (7th Cir. 2023).

District Court:

District Court Extends Interim Plan while Federal Government Revises Plan to Manage Sacramento River Flows167

California Natural Resources Agency v. Raimondo, ___F.Supp.4th___, Case No. 1:20-cv-00426 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 24, 2023); Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations v. Raimondo, ___F.Supp.4th___, Case No. 1:20-cv-00431 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 24, 2023).

District Court Finds Federal Endangered Species Act Preempts State Agency Order on Klamath Project Operations169

Yurok Tribe, et al., v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, et al., ___F.Supp.4th___, Case No. 19-cv-04405-WHO, (N.D. Cal. Feb 6, 2023).


District Court of Appeal:

Second District Court Holds Reasonable Use Finding Not Required for Wastewater Discharge


Los Angeles Waterkeeper v. State Water Resources Control Board, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case No. B309151 (2nd Dist. Feb 27, 2023).

Second District Court Reverses Judgment on

the Pleadings, Finding Allegations Sufficient

under Coastal Act that City Allowed Private Struc-


Spencer v. City of Palos Verdes Estates, ___Cal.App.5th___, Case No. B309225 (2nd Dist. February 27, 2023).

Third District Court Grants Anti-Slapp Motion to Strike Malicious Prosecution Action in Water Rights Quiet Title Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Water for Citizens of Weed California v. Churchwell White LLP, ___Cal.App.5th___Case No. C093421 (3rd Dist. Feb. 9, 2023).