California Water News for February 16, 2018

SFGate: Why meteorologists say even a ‘Miracle March’ can’t save California’s dismally dry winter San Francisco Chronicle: Dry weather expected to persist in most of California Bloomberg: Snow-Starved California Could Face Another Drought Chico Enterprise-Record: Assemblyman James Gallagher brings group of legislators to Oroville Dam Brentwood Press: Changes to California WaterFix have opponents requesting new permit approval Water Deeply: Ninth Circuit […]

New Executive Order Redirects “Waters of the United States”

New Executive Order Redirects “Waters of the United States” Wendy L. Manley Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP Whatever you think “Waters of the US” might currently mean under Clean Water Act, expect it to change again.  On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the EPA & Corps of Engineers to review […]

Water Board Notices for Clean Water Act Sections 305(b) and 303(d)

Click here to view the Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment, Notice of Public Meeting and Workshop, and Notice of Public Hearing concerning proposed revisions to the 303(d) List of Impaired Water Bodies and consideration of an Integrated Assessment Report for the Central Valley Region. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (Central Valley […]

BPC Joins in Letter to Request Extended Public Comment Period for Proposed Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials to Waters of the State

In a formal e-mail to the Chair and Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board), Bay Planning Coalition joined with other organizations to request that the State Board conduct additional outreach and extend the public comment period in regards to the Proposed Amendments to the California Ocean Plan and Inland Surface […]

Supreme Court Ruling Offers Clues on Fate of Obama Rule

WATER POLICY: Supreme Court ruling offers clues on fate of Obama rule Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter Greenwire: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Enforcement of the Clean Water Act could undergo a wave of changes in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on a key wetlands case, legal scholars say. The opinion is also offering clues […]

Industry Groups Ask Judges to Reconsider Jurisdiction Ruling on CWA

CLEAN WATER RULE: Industry groups ask judges to reconsider jurisdiction ruling Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 A coalition of agriculture, building and other industry groups yesterday asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a decision on the Obama administration’s contentious Clean Water Rule, requesting that the court’s full panel of active […]

Obama Administration Wins Jurisdiction Fight Over Contentious Rule

WATER POLICY: Obama admin wins jurisdiction fight over contentious rule AN E&E PUBLISHING SERVICE Tiffany Stecker and Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporters Published: Monday, February 22, 2016 A federal appeals court panel today said that it will rule on challenges to the Obama administration’s hot-button Clean Water Rule. A divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel […]

High Court Case On CWA Findings Might Alter Jurisdiction More Than Rule February 17, 2016

  High Court Case On CWA Findings Might Alter Jurisdiction More Than Rule February 17, 2016 Source: Association of California Water Agencies A pending Supreme Court ruling on whether regulators’ findings that waters are jurisdictional under the Clean Water Act (CWA) are subject to pre-enforcement review might alter the scope of the water law more […]

Law Update: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Important Case Affecting Development in Wetlands

ENVIRONMENTAL U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Important Case Affecting Development in Wetlands A critical part of the permitting process for many development projects is obtaining federal and state wetland permits. The key wetland authorization is usually a Section 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is a required Clean Water Act […]