Best Best & Krieger News Feed Best and Krieger is a Full Service Law Firmen-us28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0800firmwise on the California Water Commission Best and Krieger LLP Of Counsel Joseph Byrne will provide an update on the California Water Commission during the Three Valleys Municipal Water District Leadership Breakfast. As chair of the California Water Commission, Joe will touch on issues related to California&nbsp;water and how they impact both public and private entities.<br /> <br /> When:<br /> Thursday, Oct. 29<br /> 7:30 - 9 a.m.<br /> <br /> Where:<br /> Sheraton Fairplex Suites<br /> 601 W. McKinley Ave.<br /> Pomona, CA 91768<br /> <br /> For more information call 909-621-5568 or email <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff"> </span></a>Conferences & Speaking Engagements29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0800 Regulation in California<p>&nbsp;<br /> Program Co-Chair and Best Best and Krieger LLP&nbsp;Partner&nbsp;Paeter Garcia&nbsp;and firm Managing Partner&nbsp;Eric Garner&nbsp;are among the presenters at this two-day seminar titled &ldquo;Groundwater Regulation in California.&rdquo;&nbsp; California's new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is perhaps the most significant water law to be passed in the last 100 years. For the first time, California will implement broad-reaching regulations over groundwater that will be phased in over the next several years. This seminar will bring together&nbsp;industry experts, leading attorneys and agency officials to discuss the mechanics and implications of the new Act.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong></p> <p><u>Paeter Garcia</u><br /> Thursday, Oct. 29<br /> 8:30 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Friday, Oct. 30<br /> 8:30 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;<br /> 8:45 a.m., &ldquo;Relationship Between Planning Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Other Planning Requirements and Processes&quot;</p> <p><u>Eric Garner</u><strong><br /> </strong>Friday, Oct. 30<br /> 1:15 p.m., &ldquo;Resolving Groundwater Disputes: Options When Informal Methods, Such as Mediation, Fail&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>When</strong><br /> Oct. 29-30, 2015<br /> 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.</p> <p><b>Where<br /> </b>Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles <br /> 506 South Grand Avenue <br /> Los Angeles, CA 90071</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></a>.</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements29 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0800 - Are We Making a Difference?<p>Best Best Best &amp; Krieger Partners Shawn Hagerty and Andre Monette will serve as panelist for the panel discussion &ldquo;Legal Update Training Workshop&rdquo; during California Stromwater Quality Association Annual Conference. The workshop and panel discussion will provide attendees with new cases and guidance TMDLs and their implementation in MS4 permits, EPA&rsquo;s Waters of the United States rulemaking, and new cases and developments on Receiving Waters Limitations.</p> <p><b>When:</b><br /> Monday, Oct. 19<br /> 8:30 &ndash; 11:45 a.m.</p> <p><b>Where:</b><br /> Hyatt Regency Monterey<br /> 1 Old Golf Course Rd<br /> Monterey, CA 93940</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></a>.</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0800 Water Law: The Drought, the Delta and the Future<p>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP Of Counsel Roderick Walston will co-chair CLE International's &quot;California Water Law: The Drought, the Delta and the Future<font size="2">&quot; and Partner Shawn Hagerty will serve on a panel discussion during the event.<br /> <br /> <u>BB&amp;K Speakers:<br /> <br /> </u>Roderick Walston, Program Co-Chair, Welcome and Introduction<br /> Thursday, Oct. 8, 8:15 a.m.<br /> Friday, Oct. 9, 8:15 a.m.<br /> <br /> Shawn Hagerty, panelist, &quot;The EPA and the Corps' Definition of 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act&quot;<br /> Friday, Oct. 9<br /> 9:05 - 10:15 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where:</strong><br /> BASF Conference Center<br /> <font size="2">301 Battery Street</font><br /> <font size="2">San Francisco, CA 94111</font></font></p> <p><br /> &nbsp;</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0800 Water Law Conference<p>&nbsp;<br /> Program Co-Chair and Best Best and Krieger LLP&nbsp;Of Counsel&nbsp;Roderick Walston&nbsp;and Partner&nbsp;Shawn Hagerty&nbsp;are speakers at CLE International's 23rd Annual Conference, &quot;California Water Law: The Drought, the Delta and the Future.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong></p> <p><u>Roderick Walston<br /> </u>Thursday, Oct. 8<br /> 8:15 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;<br /> 2:45 p.m., &quot;The <em>Scott River</em> Case&quot;<br /> <br /> Friday, Oct. 9<br /> 8:15 a.m., &ldquo;Introduction and Overview&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><u>Shawn Hagerty</u><br /> Friday, Oct. 9<br /> 1:15 p.m., &ldquo;The EPA and the Corps' Definition of 'Waters of the United States' Under the Clean Water Act&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>When</strong><br /> Oct. 8-9, 2015<br /> 8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m.</p> <p><b>Where<br /> </b>Bar Association of San Francisco<br /> 301 Battery Street<br /> San Francisco, CA 94111<br /> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=";src=Featured&amp;page=California_Water_Law"><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></a>.</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0800 Diverse Impacts of Drought<div><br /> Deputy Chair of the International Bar Association's Environment, Health and Safety Law Committee and Best Best and Krieger LLP Partner Michelle Ouellette is a&nbsp;session chair&nbsp;during&nbsp;&quot;The Diverse Impacts of Drought&quot; at the IBA's annual conference. The&nbsp;session will discuss&nbsp;the impact of drought on people, culture, legal issues and species. <br /> <br /> <strong>When<br /> </strong>Thursday, Oct. 8<br /> 2:30-5:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>Vienna, Austria&nbsp;<br /> <br /> For more information or&nbsp;to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &nbsp;</div>Conferences & Speaking Engagements08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0800 Science and Law of Water in California<br /> BB&amp;K Managing Partner Eric Garner<b> </b>and Partner Steve Anderson will participate in panel discussions during the Law Seminar International's&nbsp;day-long workshop, &quot;The Science and Law of Water in California.&quot;&nbsp;This informative seminar will explain the basics of hydrology and how it interacts with the law in California for the benefit of practitioners in both fields. In particular, leading experts in both fields will examine the relationship between hydrology and the law as it relates to water quality, endangered species, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and proposed groundwater legislation, as well as how hydrology comes into play during litigation.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>BB&amp;K Speakers<br /> <br /> </strong><u>Eric Garner</u>, program co-chair, Workshop Introduction and Overview and &quot;Preparing to Participate in the Groundwater Sustainability Planning and Adjudication Processes&quot;<br /> <br /> <u>Steve Anderson</u>, panelist, &quot;Surface Water: Identifying and Maintaining Adequate Stream Flows for Fish and Wetland Habitat for Birds&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong>When</strong><br /> Thursday, Sept. 17<br /> 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where<br /> </strong>Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica<br /> 1707 4th St<br /> Santa Monica, CA 90401<br /> <br /> For more information, <a target="_blank" href=""><u><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></u></a>.Conferences & Speaking Engagements17 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0800 CLE 2015<p>Best Best &amp; Krieger Partner Mary Beth Coburn and associate Rebecca Chaparro will speak on &ldquo;Now Trending: Hot Topics in Public Infrastructure&rdquo; during the Association of California Water Agencies&rsquo; &ldquo;ACWA CLE &lsquo;15.&rdquo; The session will focus on the latest trends surrounding the stages of public infrastructure from the bidding process, to construction and on to project completion.</p> <p><b>When:</b><br /> Friday, Sept. 11<br /> 8-9 a.m.</p> <p><b>Where:</b><br /> Waterfront Hotel<br /> 10 Washington Street<br /> Oakland, CA 94607</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></a>.</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements11 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0800 Guidelines for Planning Grants Released by California Department of Water Resources<p>With the passage of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1), California voters authorized the issuance of $7.1 billion in general obligation bonds for water quality, supply and infrastructure improvements in California. Included in Proposition 1 is the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program, which will allocate $100 million in competitive grants for the development of sustainable groundwater plans and projects.</p> <p>The Grant Program moved a step forward this week as the Department of Water Resources released draft guidelines for the program, as well as a draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Counties with Stressed Basins. The release of these <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">draft documents</span></a> on Tuesday opened the public comment period, which will close on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. DWR will hold three public meetings to present the contents of the documents and solicit comments:</p> <ul> <li>10 a.m. Sept. 29 in Fresno</li> <li>1 p.m. Sept. 30 in Riverside (this meeting will be webcast)</li> <li>1:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Santa Rosa</li> </ul> <p>The draft guidelines propose the process and general procedures DWR will use to administer solicitations, submittal and review of grant applications, and to award funding for the Grant Program. Eligible grant applicants include public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, California Native American Tribes, and mutual water companies.</p> <p>Under the proposed guidelines, priority for grant funding would be given to projects that leverage private, federal or local funding to produce the greatest public benefit. New and innovative practices would be given special consideration. Prioritization would be based on criteria that include, among other things, the threat of groundwater contamination and the potential of the project to enhance local water supply reliability and to maximize recharge opportunities of vulnerable, high-use groundwater basins. Under the proposed guidelines, DWR would make at least 10 percent ($10 million) of the funds available for projects that serve severely disadvantaged communities.</p> <p>The proposed Proposal Solicitation Packages would contain detailed information on how counties with nonadjudicated &ldquo;stressed&rdquo; basins may apply for each grant solicitation. The Solicitation Packages would work in conjunction with the grant guidelines to disburse Proposition 1 Grant Program funds to counties seeking to address stressed groundwater basins by updating &nbsp;ordinances or plans. Eligible groundwater basins must be identified by DWR as being in critical overdraft. DWR is making $10 million available to award on a competitive basis to counties meeting eligibility criteria.</p> <p>Further information about the planned public meetings can be found <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">here</span></a>.</p> <p>If you have any questions about these guidelines or how they may impact your agency, please contact the attorney author of this legal alert listed to the right in the firm&rsquo;s <a target="_blank" href=";LPA=492&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: #0000ff">Environmental Law &amp; Natural Resources</span></a> practice group, or your <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">BB&amp;K attorney</span></a>.</p> <i>Disclaimer: BB&amp;K legal alerts are not intended as legal advice. Additional facts or future developments may affect subjects contained herein. Seek the advice of an attorney before acting or relying upon any information in this communiqu&eacute;.</i>Legal Alerts27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0800 EPA Definition of Waters of the U.S.<p>In this webinar by Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP, clients will have the opportunity to hear about the impacts of the EPA's revised definition of the term &quot;Waters of the United States.&quot; The term defines which waters are subject to permitting and and TMDLs under the federal Clean Water Act. The final definition was issued in May and it will become law on Aug. 28, 2015. The revised definition will extend jurisdiction to some new waters, and explicitly exempt others.</p> <p>In this complimentary one-hour webinar, we will discuss the operational and new project impacts of the final rule, and more, plus answer your questions.</p> <p><b>Speakers</b></p> <p>Andre Monette will give a brief overview of the new rule and will discuss:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>What has changed from the prior regulatory definition</li> <li>Exemptions for specific waters and projects</li> <li>Changes in the rule that will be most controversial</li> </ul> <p>Mike Rolband will provide discussion on:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>On-the-ground impacts, wetlands and mitigation</li> </ul> <p>Abby Schneider will discuss:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Remaining concerns for water supply entities in California and the West</li> <li>Legislative efforts to revise the final rule</li> </ul> <p>John Freshman will discuss:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Legislative efforts to revise the final rule</li> <li>The need for guidance from EPA</li> </ul> <br /> To register for this webinar <a target="_blank" href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">click here</span></a>.<br type="_moz" /> <br /> If you have any questions please contact <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff">Amanda Fine</span></a>.Seminars and Webinars26 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0800