California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

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The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is a statute that requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of proposed activities and to identify alternatives and mitigation measures that will reduce or eliminate those impacts.  CEQA applies to activities by either a public agency or a private entity that require discretionary approval from the agency because they have the potential to have a physical impact on the environment.

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  1. Ara Marderosian

    In the posting at
    there is discussion about a 2012 and a 2013 trial court ruling.
    “There were two decisions that came out, one in 2012 and one in 2013. “They were incredibly thorough and fair,” he said. “The first decision was 41 pages and it’s the most thorough trial court decision I’ve ever read in my career. It dealt with these sort of substantive law issues. There was then a subsequent decision that was 10 pages that dealt with the CEQA issues. And they were combined into a final judgment.” “I say that the ruling was fair because in the ruling, I believe this was a very fair and balanced judge,” Mr. Jacobs said. “She wrote, ‘Ensuring the viability of these species is not only a public trust mandate, but also a significant element in the environmental and economic stability for Sonoma and Mendocino counties.’ So I think she took a balanced approach to things. This is important. The trial court understood the regulation the same way that we did, which is the State Water Board got jurisdiction over riparian users, pre-1914 users, and even groundwater users in some contexts by declaring those uses unreasonable.””
    Where can those to rulings be found?