Water Quality, Wetlands, & Clean Water Act

By Diane Kindermann and Jessica Melms

Stanford Vina Ranch Irrigation Co. v. State of California (2020) 50 Cal.App.5th 976

On June 18, 2020, the Third Appellate District upheld the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“SWRCB”) authority to curtail unreasonable use of pre-1914 appropriative and riparian water rights through emergency regulations. Historically, post-1914 appropriative rights were

By William W. Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel S. Cucchi

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s July Environmental Action News – Part 2. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020.

PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the July 2020 Environmental Action News- Part 1 post,

By William Abbott, Diane Kindermann, Glen Hansen, and Daniel Cucchi

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s July Environmental Action News – Part 1. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020.

1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the June 2020 Environmental Action News post, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2020/06/articles/ak-news/land-use-law-blog-june-environmental-action-news/

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Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s June Environmental Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions in 2020.

  1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the May 2020 Environmental Action News post, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2020/05/articles/land-use-law-blog-may-environmental-action-news/

  1. CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

There is one case pending at the

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.’s May Environmental Action News. This summary provides brief updates on recent environmental cases, legislation, and administrative actions beginning in January 2020.

1. PREVIOUS MONTH’S UPDATE

To read the April 2020 Environmental Action News post, click here: https://blog.aklandlaw.com/2020/04/articles/ak-news/land-use-law-blog-april-environmental-action-news/ .

2. CASES PENDING AT THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

There is one

The Supreme Court further expanded the scope of permitting requirements for point source pollution under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) in a case involving discharge liability to the County of Maui, Hawaii. The County operated four water treatment wells at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility and used the wells as groundwater injection locations for treated

Delta Stewardship Council Cases (Cal.Ct.App., April 10, 2020, cases nos. C082944, C086199) 2020 Cal.App.Unpub.LEXIS 2279.

In an unpublished decision, the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District affirmed the trial court’s ruling that reduced the amount in attorney’s fees a plaintiff could collect under Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5 after prevailing on only

On February 19, 2020, President Trump, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and other federal officials met in Bakersfield, California, for the signing of a Presidential Memorandum seeking additional water for the Central Valley.

The memorandum instructs the Secretaries of the Interior and Commerce to coordinate efforts to broaden their agencies’ actions, consistent with existing law, in

2020 CEQA 1st QUARTER REVIEW

Welcome to Abbott & Kindermann’s 2020 1st Quarter cumulative CEQA update. This summary provides links to more in-depth case write-ups on the firm’s blog. The case names of the newest decisions start with Section 3 and are denoted by bold italic fonts.

  1. 2019 CEQA UPDATE

 To read the 2019 cumulative

Reserve your seat for one of three seminars taking place in early 2020.

In January 2020 Abbott & Kindermann, Inc. will present its 19th annual educational program for clients and colleagues interested in current land use, environmental, and real estate issues affecting commercial and residential development, agriculture, real estate transactions, easements, mining and the