STATE WATER BOARD: Update on SGMA Implementation

Staff: Formation of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies has been successful At the State Water Resources Control Board meeting on August 15th, staff from both the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Board were on hand to deliver this update on Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation and planned state intervention actions. The agenda item was introduced by Erik Ekdahl, […]

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CAL WATER FIX: Ruling letter for June 14, 2017

CALIFORNIA WATERFIX HEARING – RULING DENYING IN PART THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCE’S MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER From the State Water Board: San Joaquin County and the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District (San Joaquin Parties) served a notice and subpoena duces tecum (San Joaquin Parties’ notice) on the Department of Water Resources (DWR) requesting production of the electronic Excel […]

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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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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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State Water Resources Control Board Releases Forms to Comply with CalCannabis Licensing

If you are planning to obtain a California Department of Food and Agriculture Cannabis Cultivation (CalCannabis) License beginning on January 1, 2018, you must provide documentation of your water supply source with your cultivation license application. Certain water diversion types require completion and submittal of special forms to the State Water Resource Control Board (State Water Board) by June 30, […]

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THIS JUST IN … State Water Board Rescinds Mandatory Conservation Standards

Reporting Requirements and Prohibition on Water Waste Remain From the State Water Resources Control Board: Today the State Water Resources Control Board rescinded the water supply “stress test” requirements and remaining mandatory conservation standards for urban water suppliers while keeping in place the water use reporting requirements and prohibitions against wasteful practices. The action by State Water Board Executive Director […]

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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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State Water Board to consider climate change resolution at upcoming meeting

The State Water Resources Control Board is set to consider adopting a resolution at their February 22nd board meeting that will further incorporate climate change considerations into water board actions. The State Water Board adopted a similar resolution in 2007 outlining the actions staff should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of the state’s 2006 landmark […]

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GUEST COMMENTARY: State Water Resources Control Board releases its first water-related climate change resolution

California Water Governance Takes Important Step Forward By Robert Shibatani The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released its new Resolution titled, “Comprehensive Response to Climate Change – Resolution No. 2017-XXX”.  This Resolution will, for the first time, provide SWRCB staff the opportunity to develop specific new guidance on the analytical methods, procedures, and permitting approvals associated with a wide […]

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