News Worth Noting: Appellate court holds groundwater pumping fees subject to Prop. 218; Salmon eggs injected in Feather River experiment; Pacific Institute Report on oil, food, water, and CA agriculture; EPA proposes new contaminants to be monitored in drinking water

BB&K logoCalifornia Appellate Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Fees are Property-Related Fees Subject to Prop. 218: “In Great Oaks Water Company v. Santa Clara Valley Water District, originally issued March 26, the Sixth District Court of Appeal found that the water district’s groundwater pumping fees are property-related fees subject to Proposition 218. The court later granted two re-hearings in the case. On Tuesday, the court upheld its earlier decisions in a published decision, with a few minor, non-substantive changes, that the fees are subject to Proposition 218 (California Constitution article XIII D, section 6). The Great Oaks opinion, however, reached a different conclusion than the Second District Court of Appeal reached in City of San Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District, issued March 17.  … ”  Read more from Best Best & Krieger here: California Appellate Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Fees are Property-Related Fees Subject to Prop. 218

GGSA LogoHistoric First, Salmon Eggs Injected In Feather River Experiment:After two years of working with the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA), California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists injected 20,000 fertilized salmon eggs into Feather River gravel in a historic first for California.  The eggs, from the Feather River hatchery, were injected December 4th as part of an experiment to see how many will hatch and to give state workers experience using egg injection technology. “Egg injection could provide a powerful tool to offset future salmon losses caused by drought,” said GGSA executive director John McManus. … ”  Read more from the Golden Gate Salmon Association here:  Historic First, Salmon Eggs Injected In Feather River Experiment

pacific instituteOil, food, and water:  Challenges and Opportunities for California agriculture:A new comprehensive study by the Pacific Institute sheds light on the risks posed when oil and gas exploration and production operate alongside agriculture.  “There is growing concern about competition for land and water, and the impacts of soil and water contamination on the food supply and health and safety of farmworkers and consumers,” said Matthew Heberger, the study’s lead author.  The disposal of oil and gas wastewater, which contains harmful chemicals, is a particular concern for agriculture. Disposal in unlined percolation pits poses a significant risk of contaminating groundwater resources that may, in turn, be used by agriculture. While this practice has been banned in several states, it is still widely used in California’s Central Valley, one of the nation’s most important agricultural regions. There are also serious deficiencies in the way California regulates the underground injection of wastes – current practices are not sufficiently protective of freshwater aquifers that may be used as drinking water or to irrigate crops and water livestock. … ”  Read more from the Pacific Institute here:  Oil, food, and water: Challenges and Opportunities for California agriculture

somach logoU.S. EPA Proposes New Unregulated Contaminants to Be Monitored in Drinking Water:On November 30, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed the fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR).  UCMRs require public water systems to monitor and collect data for contaminants that are not currently regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), but are suspected to be present in drinking water.  The SDWA requires the EPA to issue a new UCMR every five years.  The EPA must monitor no more than 30 contaminants in large systems (serving over 10,000 people) and a sample of small systems (serving under 10,000 people).  Monitoring results are recorded in a national database, and the EPA uses the results to make future regulatory determinations. ... ”  Read more from Somach Simmons & Dunn here:  U.S. EPA Proposes New Unregulated Contaminants to Be Monitored in Drinking Water

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