Steve Anderson is a partner in the Environmental Law and Natural Resources practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. His practice focuses on environmental, water and natural resources law.
Steve represents public and private clients in administrative proceedings and civil litigation involving the federal and state Endangered Species Acts (ESA), the Clean Water Act, state water quality laws, surface and groundwater rights, and other environmental requirements. He is one of the lead attorneys for water purveyors in ongoing federal court litigation involving the intersection of water rights and protection of endangered delta smelt and salmon in the San Francisco Bay Delta region. Steve also regularly works on surface and ground water rights issues, as well as urban water management planning and water supply assessment matters, for individuals and entities across California.
Steve assists clients in developing and implementing strategies to address regulatory mitigation requirements for projects large and small. His experience includes involvement in numerous ESA Section 7 consultations and in the establishment and implementation of in-lieu fee programs and conservation banks. He routinely negotiates with state and federal regulatory agencies regarding wetlands permitting, streambed alteration agreements, Section 401 water quality certifications and other legal mandates related to resource impacts and project development. He regularly interacts with representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other state and federal regulatory agencies
Steve also serves as counsel to a court-appointed watermaster, a county water district and several resource conservation districts across California.
Steve regularly teaches seminars and conducts presentations on endangered species, land conservation, water rights and other aspects of natural resources law. He serves on the editorial board of the California Water Law and Policy Reporter.
Steve is known around the firm for his easy going nature, passable sense of humor, ever diminishing softball skills and dedication to promptly returning client phone calls.