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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

October 2018

Volume 13, Number 8 October 2018


Navigating ‘Navigable Waters:’ Recent Federal Government and Court Actions Leave the Definition of Protected Waters under the Clean Water Act in Flux207

News from the West210


Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions215


U.S. Supreme Court Petitioned to Address Fourth Circuit’s Decision

Regarding the Clean Water Act and Groundwater Acting as a Conduit to Surface Waters219

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP v. Upstate Forever et al., Case No. 16-268 (U.S.).



Sixth Circuit Likely to Clarify Groundwater Class Action Ruling221

Martin v Behr Dayton Thermal Prods. LLC, ___F.3d___, Case No. 17-3663 (6th Cir. 2018).

District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss Monsanto Counterclaims against the City of San Diego in Ongoing Dispute over PCB Contamination222

City of San Diego v. Monsanto Co., ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 15CV578-WQH-AGS (S.D. Cal. Aug. 10, 2018).

District Court Requires EPA to Either Conduct Clean Water Act NPDES Permitting for Certain Stormwater Discharges or Prohibit Them223

Los Angeles Waterkeeper v. Pruitt, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 2:17-CV-03454-SVW-KS (C.D. Cal. Aug. 9, 2018).

District Court finds Army Corps District Engineers Have Discretion to Approve Reductions in Mitigation Banks Size Established under the Clean Water Act225

Sierra Club v. St. Johns River Water Management District, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 6:14-cv-1877 (M.D. Fl. Aug. 13, 2018).

District Court Finds Res Judicata Fails to Bar Claims Challenging Approval of State Water

Quality Standards after Remanded-Agency Proceedings228

Wild Fish Conservancy v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.Supp.3d___, Case No. 15-cv-1731 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 7, 2018).