CA WATER POLICY CONFERENCE: Water Rights in an Era of “Permanent” Conservation Mandates: Are Reports of Their Death Greatly Exaggerated?

By complying with a state-directed water budget formula, will agencies be forced to strand their water rights or infrastructure investments? On May 9th of 2016, Governor Brown issued the latest in a series of executive orders in response to the drought, which was entitled, “Making water conservation a California way of life.” In that order he directed a group of […]

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PANEL: The groundwater-surface water nexus & the State Water Resources Control Board

The passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act enacted a program for statewide management of groundwater, defining new roles for state agencies, including the State Water Resources Control Board.  In March of 2017, McGeorge School of Law held a symposium in honor the 50th anniversary of the State Water Resources Control Board explored the topic of “Integrating Water Quality & […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Committee members discuss Delta Plan amendments, prepare for California Water Fix decision

Completion of the biological opinions expected by June 9th At the May meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, the pending Delta Plan amendments were discussed, as well as a brief update on the California Water Fix.  But first, the meeting started as most do with an invitation for the public to address the Committee.  Usually, there isn’t anyone […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Water Quality & Allocation: State Water Board Overview & the Delta Water Quality Control Plan

Panel discussion touches on State Water Board’s authorities and the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan The State Water Resources Control Board was formed in 1967 in order to integrate water quality and allocation in California. Structured as a merger between the previously-existing State Water Rights Board and the State Water Quality Control Board, the new Board was intended to […]

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METROPOLITAN BAY-DELTA COMMITTEE: Update on Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan update, California Water Fix proceedings

At the April meeting of Metropolitan’s Special Committee on the Bay-Delta, Committee members heard an update on the State Water Board’s update on the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan and a brief update on the California Water Fix proceedings. UPDATE ON STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD’S PROCEEDINGS REGARDING THE BAY DELTA WATER QUALITY CONTROL PLAN The first item on […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: ESA & Climate Change: Collision Course?

  With a new administration in Washington, DC that has taken a different view of environmental regulation, changes in the Endangered Species Act perhaps seem more possible than in prior years.  The effects of climate change threaten to further complicate efforts to conserve and protect endangered species.  Is the Endangered Species Act broken?  Will the new administration make significant changes […]

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FELICIA MARCUS on the State Water Board 50th anniversary: ’50 is the new 30’

Felicia Marcus was appointed to the Board by Governor Brown in 2012, and designated as the Board Chair shortly after.  Ms. Marcus has had a long and diverse history in water and natural resources, having previously served in both federal and local government positions, as well as with several environmental organizations.  At the McGeorge Water Law Symposium 2017:The State Water […]

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JUSTICE RONALD B. ROBIE: The State Water Resources Control Board: How it All Started

Justice Ronald B. Robie has had a profound influence on the development of water and environmental law in California.  Justice Robie served as a judge since 1983 and joined the Court of Appeal in 2002.  While he was a student at McGeorge in 1967, he served on the legislative staff to the Assembly Committee on Water, and had an integral […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Implications of SGMA implementation: Growers’ perspectives

How will sustainable groundwater management play out on the ground?  Will land be fallowed?  Can yields be somehow increased to make up for lost production? Panel of growers give their perspectives The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act requires the creation of local agencies to develop and implement plans to manage their groundwater basins sustainably within 20 years.  Sustainable groundwater management is […]

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Implementing SGMA – How Are We Getting There?

Panel presentations highlight how the Sacramento Valley, Madera County, Monterey County, and Ventura County are working to establish Groundwater Sustainability Agencies The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), passed in the fall of 2014, established a new structure for managing California’s groundwater resources at a local level.  The legislation requires that by June 30, 2017, locally-controlled groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) must […]

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