Water Quality, Water Supplies & Permitting

Over the years, many of our attorneys have become extensively involved in some of the major water supply issues facing California. This work has been done on behalf of water providers, water users, and local agencies responsible for coordinating land use planning and water supply planning. We are intimately familiar with the complex regulatory and environmental issues facing the federally operated Central Valley Project, the state operated State Water Project, the water system operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, as well as less physically far-reaching systems operated by water districts, water agencies, and cities throughout California, both inland and in coastal watersheds. We are also very familiar with the 2001 legislation commonly known as Senate Bill 610 and Senate Bill 221, which in some circumstances require the preparation of documents known as “water supply assessments” and “water supply verifications.” Our attorneys have also been directly involved in several controversies resulting in some of the key court decisions laying out the steps proponents of land use plans and water supply projects must do in order to fully comply with CEQA.