Best Best & Krieger News Feedhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=39&format=xml&directive=0&stylesheet=rss&records=20&LPA=492Best Best and Krieger is a Full Service Law Firmen-us04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss2016 Mid-Year Seminarhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=48821&format=xml<p><br /> Join BB&amp;K at the 2016 International Municipal Lawyers Association's Mid-Year Seminar.<br /> <br /> <strong>BB&amp;K Speakers</strong><br /> <br /> Gary Schons: &ldquo;Public Safety Technologies&rdquo;<br /> Saturday, April 16<br /> 10:05 -11:05 a.m.<br /> <br /> Joe Van Eaton and Gerard Lederer: Telecommunications Seminar <br /> Saturday, April 16<br /> 12:25 -1:25 p.m.<br /> <br /> Gene Tanaka and Andre Monette: Land Use Seminar<br /> Sunday, April 17<br /> 11:50 a.m. -1:20 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>When:</strong><br /> Friday April 15 - Monday, April 15, 2016<br /> <br /> <strong>Where:</strong><br /> Omni Shoreham Hotel<br /> 2500 Calvert St. NW<br /> Washington, D.C., 20008<br /> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.imla.org/events/seminars/1741-2016-mid-year-seminar#schedule"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.</p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements15 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=48821&format=xmlOcean Desalination: Examining Technical, Regulatory and Practical Solutionshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=48820&format=xml<p>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP partners Michelle Ouellette and Shawn Hagerty, who is the program co-chair, will be presenters at The Seminar Group's conference &quot;Ocean Desalination: Examining Technical, Regulatory and Practical Solutions.&quot;<br /> <br /> <strong>Shawn Hagerty</strong>: Moderator, &quot;The Current and Future Role of Ocean Water Desalination in a Balanced Water Supply System&quot;<br /> Monday, Feb. 8<br /> 9:15 - 10 a.m. <br /> <br /> Moderator, Case Studies<br /> Monday. Feb. 8<br /> 2:45 - 5 p.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Michelle Ouellette</strong>: &quot;Desalination: Surviving CEQA and the Courts&quot;<br /> Monday, Feb. 8<br /> 10 - 11 a.m.&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Where:</b><br /> Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort<br /> <span id="cphRight_lblAddress">633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.<br /> Santa Barbara, CA 93103</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p>For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href="http://theseminargroup.net/seminardetl.aspx?id=3604"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here.</span></a></p>Conferences & Speaking Engagements08 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=48820&format=xmlGroundwater Sustainability Seminarhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49293&format=xml<br /> Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP Partner Steve Anderson and attorney Sarah Foley will present during the American Council of Engineering Companies' &quot;Groundwater Sustainability Seminar.&quot; Steve and Sarah will present on SB 13, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, which amends the groundbreaking Sustainable Groundwater Management Act enacted last year and how it may impact agencies. <br /> <br /> <strong>When<br /> </strong>Thursday, Jan. 28<br /> 10 a.m.<br /> <br /> <strong>Where</strong><br /> The Hard Rock Hotel: Celebrate Room<br /> 207 5th Ave<br /> San Diego, CA<br /> <br /> For more information or to register, <a target="_blank" href="https://acec-ca.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=750351&amp;group="><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">click here</span></a>.<br /> <br />Conferences & Speaking Engagements28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49293&format=xmlCEQA Associate - Riverside or Los Angeleshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=36050&format=xml<p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Our Environmental &amp; Natural Resources Group has an immediate opening for an associate with a minimum of 5 years post-law school CEQA experience (both transactional and litigation).&nbsp; Land use experience preferred. The attorney can be based in our Riverside or Los Angeles office but must be willing to work out of our Riverside office regularly and as needed.<br /> <br /> </span></span><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must attach a resume, transcript and cover letter to be considered for employment. This self-apply feature is compatible with Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8 &amp; 9, Mozilla Firefox for Windows, or Safari for Macintosh.</span></span></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="https://lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx?%40Pl3%3cKWEX%40=2%3e4&amp;%3db8=8_CG"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">lawcruit.micronapps.com/sup/lc_supp_jobpost.aspx</span></span></a><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><br /> <br /> Please address your cover letter to:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><strong>Jill N. Willis<br /> </strong><em>Chief Talent Officer<br /> </em>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP<br /> 300 South Grand Avenue, 25th Floor<br /> Los Angeles, CA 90071<br /> <br /> <em><strong>No phone calls or emails please</strong></em><br /> <br /> <b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.</i></b></span></span></p>Job Openings at BB&K28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=36050&format=xmlBB&K Ranked No. 8 on Top Sacramento Law Firms Listhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49411&format=xml<p><b>SACRAMENTO, Calif.</b> - Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP&rsquo;s Sacramento Office is ranked No. 8 on the <i>Sacramento Business Journal&rsquo;s</i> 2016 Top of the List: Law Firms. The publication ranks the local law firms by head count, listing the top 30. With 21 attorneys, BB&amp;K&rsquo;s Sacramento office moved up one position from 2015.</p> <p>BB&amp;K&rsquo;s Sacramento attorneys serve a wide variety of clients, including the municipal, special districts, health care and agricultural industries. Their practice areas include Land Use &amp; Zoning, Labor &amp; Employment, Environmental &amp; Natural Resources, Real Estate and Litigation.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am pleased to see how BB&amp;K&rsquo;s Sacramento office is growing not only by the numbers, but in its strength and depth of experience,&rdquo; said Sacramento Managing Partner Edward J. Quinn.</p> <p>In addition to the attorneys, BB&amp;K last year added a lobbyist to the firm. Based in Sacramento, Director of Governmental Affairs Syrus Devers assists clients in navigating the complexities of California state government.</p>Press Releases26 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49411&format=xmlOffice of Planning and Research Proposes Revisions to State CEQA Guidelineshttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49310&format=xml<br /> The California Office of Planning and Research has issued <a href="https://www.opr.ca.gov/docs/Revised_VMT_CEQA_Guidelines_Proposal_January_20_2016.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">proposed revisions</span></a> to the State CEQA Guidelines implementing Senate Bill 743 (2013). SB 743 directed OPR to update the Guidelines to include alternative methods of measuring transportation impacts under CEQA, thus changing the metric for measuring traffic impacts from level-of-service to vehicle miles traveled. While OPR released an initial draft of proposed updates to the Guidelines in August 2014, it has now made numerous revisions intended to reflect public input and incorporate state policies regarding greenhouse gas emissions reductions.<br /> <br /> The proposed revisions include several changes that may have significant implications moving forward. For example, much of the detail OPR originally proposed to include in Guidelines section 15064.3 and Appendix F was moved to a new draft technical advisory. While this advisory is not binding on lead agencies, it provides &ldquo;guidance&rdquo; on how to assess VMT, and contains recommendations regarding thresholds of significance, safety and mitigation measures.<br /> <br /> Additionally, OPR has now recommended a two-year &ldquo;opt-in&rdquo; period to accommodate those agencies that need time to work through the transition from an LOS to a VMT-based analysis. If adopted, the revisions would apply statewide after this two-year period.<br /> <br /> Deadline for comments is 5 p.m. on Feb. 29.<br /> <br /> For more information or assistance preparing and/or submitting comments to OPR, please contact one of the attorney authors of this Legal Alert listed at right in the <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=492&amp;format=xml" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Environmental Law &amp; Natural Resources</span></a> practice group, or your <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2099" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">BB&amp;K attorney.</span></a><br /> <br /> <em>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;.<br /> </em><br />Legal Alerts25 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49310&format=xmlSeven BB&K Attorneys Recognized by 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers Magazinehttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49297&format=xml<p><b>SAN DIEGO, Calif.</b> - We are pleased to announce that five Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP attorneys were named to the 2016 list of San Diego Super Lawyers, while two were selected to the 2016 San Diego Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Only 5 percent of San Diego lawyers are named to the Super Lawyers list following a selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.</p> <p>The attorneys selected are:</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1551&amp;format=xml&amp;/Bruce%20W.%20Beach" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Bruce W. Beach</span></a>: (Eminent Domain) Beach focuses his practice on eminent domain and property litigation. He has worked on projects for road rights-of-way, pipelines, light rail transit corridors, reservoir sites, as well as redevelopment and flood control projects.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1600&amp;format=xml&amp;/James%20B.%20Gilpin" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">James B. Gilpin</span></a>: (Eminent Domain) Gilpin practices in civil litigation with an emphasis on real property litigation including eminent domain, construction and other public works litigation. He represents clients in all phases of litigation, including writ proceedings, jury and court trials and appeals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1606&amp;format=xml&amp;/Shawn%20D.%20Hagerty" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Shawn D. Hagerty</span></a>: (Environmental) Hagerty provides both advisory and litigation services to municipalities in the area of land use and planning, including general plan, zoning, subdivision map act and other land use regulations. He also focuses on water quality regulations as applied to municipalities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1610&amp;format=xml&amp;/Robert%20J.%20Hanna" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Robert J. Hanna</span></a>: (Real Estate) Hanna&rsquo;s practice includes real property, title insurance, business and commercial litigation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1657&amp;format=xml&amp;/Arlene%20%20Prater" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Arlene Prater</span></a>: (Labor &amp; Employment) Prater is managing partner of BB&amp;K&rsquo;s San Diego office. She provides counsel to public and private employers on personnel and labor issues in both litigation and in an advisory role.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1748&amp;format=xml&amp;/Steven%20G.%20Martin" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Steven G. Martin</span></a> (Rising Star &mdash; State, Local and Municipal Law): Martin assists clients with a variety of local governance, transactional and litigation issues, including endangered species, Indian law, water law and environmental review.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=7276&amp;format=xml&amp;/Patrick%20E.%20Monroe"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Patrick E. Monroe</span></a> (Rising Star &mdash; Business/Corporate): Monroe is a corporate attorney representing privately owned businesses and nonprofits. He provides general counsel, transactional and dispute resolution legal services for a variety of businesses.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP</i></b><i> is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With nearly 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit </i><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><i>www.bbklaw.com</i></span></a><i> or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.</i>Press Releases22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49297&format=xml2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine Recognizes Six BB&K Partnershttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49298&format=xml<p><b>RIVERSIDE, Calif.</b> - We are pleased to announce that six Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP attorneys were named to the 2016 Southern California Super Lawyers list by <i>Super Lawyers Magazine</i>. Only 5 percent of Southern California lawyers receive this honor following a selection process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.</p> <p>The attorneys and the categories they were selected in are:</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1560&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Scott H. Campbell</span></a> (State, Local and Municipal Law): A municipal lawyer and litigator with extensive trial experience, Campbell represents public entities as both general counsel and public works construction counsel. He serves as city attorney for Avalon on Santa Catalina Island and as general counsel for the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1563&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Sonia R. Carvalho</span></a> (State, Local and Municipal Law): Carvalho is a municipal lawyer and serves as city attorney for the cities of Santa Ana and Claremont. Her practice focuses on land use, ethics, open government laws and elections law.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1586&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Jeffrey V. Dunn</span></a> (Civil Litigation: Defense): Dunn represents public agencies in complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on municipal land use issues including water rights.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1598&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Eric L. Garner</span></a> (Environmental): Garner is the managing partner, overseeing the firm&rsquo;s nine offices and nearly 200 attorneys. He is one of the leading authorities on water law and has litigated cases and negotiated key agreements involving major water bodies across the West.</p> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1650&amp;format=xml"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Michelle Ouellette</span></a> (Environmental): A legal counselor and litigator, Ouellette is a leading authority on federal and state endangered species laws, the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. She steered two of the nation&rsquo;s largest habitat conservation plans through a maze of environmental requirements, protecting dozens of endangered species while allowing development to move forward.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=3&amp;A=1712&amp;format=xml&amp;/Gregory%20K.%20Wilkinson" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Gregory K. Wilkinson</span></a> (Environmental Litigation): Wilkinson&rsquo;s practice emphasizes water rights, water quality, endangered species and environmental impact reporting issues. He has successfully argued landmark cases at all judicial levels in both state and federal courts.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">###</p> <p><b><i>Best Best &amp; Krieger LLP</i></b><i> is a national law firm that focuses on environmental, business, education, municipal and telecommunications law for public agency and private clients. With nearly 200 attorneys, the law firm has nine offices nationwide, including Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit </i><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbklaw.com/"><i>www.bbklaw.com</i></a><i> or follow @BBKlaw on Twitter.</i></p>Press Releases22 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49298&format=xmlShasta Lake Water Levels Subject of New Litigationhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49258&format=xml<br /> A State Water Resources Control Board order that could potentially restrict the amount of water available for export by both the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project is now the subject of litigation. In petitions filed last week in Sacramento County Superior Court, water contractors contend the Board and its executive director overstepped their authority in extending and modifying the order that may require holding more cold water in Shasta Lake to protect salmon downstream.<br /> <br /> In January 2015, the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation filed a temporary urgency change petition with the Board to modify the water quality standards for their permits and licenses. Executive Director Tom Howard, acting on delegated authority, issued the order granting the TUCP Order. San Luis &amp; Delta Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District, among others, filed a petition for reconsideration of the TUCP Order. <br /> <br /> The Board did not act on the petitions for reconsideration until Dec. 15. At that time, at a regular meeting of the State Water Board, the Board adopted an order granting in part and denying in part the Authority&rsquo;s petition. At the same time, and in the same order, the Board purported to extend the TUCP Order, otherwise due to expire on Dec. 30, by an additional 180 days. The Board also added new conditions to Reclamation&rsquo;s water rights license in the form of increased carryover storage requirements in Shasta Reservoir for temperature control. Holding more cold water in Shasta Reservoir effectively makes such water available to support salmon spawning in the upper Sacramento River.<br /> <br /> Last week, the Authority and Westlands filed a petition for writ of mandate challenging the Board&rsquo;s order on the petition for reconsideration. They contend that the Board exceeded its jurisdiction in extending and modifying the TUCP Order as part of the order on the petitions for reconsideration. They argue that neither DWR nor Reclamation petitioned for an extension of the TUCP Order or for a new TUCP order. Therefore, the Board had no jurisdiction to extend the TUCP Order past the Dec. 30 expiration date. Further, because the Board was acting on petitions for reconsideration, it violated due process requirements by failing to hold a hearing and take evidence. Specifically, the Authority and Westlands contend that the Board&rsquo;s December order lacks evidentiary support for the condition requiring a minimum 1.6 million acre feet carryover storage in Shasta Reservoir in October 2016 for temperature control purposes, or other carryover level that &ldquo;ensures&rdquo; daily average water temperatures do not exceed 56 degrees at the designated compliance point at critical times for salmon.<br /> <br /> In a separate petition for writ of mandate also filed last week, the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors contend that the increased storage requirements will result in increased releases from Lake Oroville to offset the reduced Shasta Lake flows and maintain Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta water quality. Increased storage in Shasta and increased releases from Oroville for water quality purposes could mean less water available for export to recipients of Central Valley Project and State Water Project water.<br /> <br /> For more information on this matter, please contact the author of this Legal Alert listed at the right in the firm&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=492&amp;format=xml" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Environmental Law &amp; Natural Resources</span></a> practice group, or your <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2099" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">BB&amp;K attorney</span></a>.<br /> <br /> <em>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;.<br /> </em><br />Legal Alerts21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49258&format=xmlCalifornia State Water Board Releases Proposed Text of Emergency Water Conservation Regulationhttp://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49215&format=xml<br /> The State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/docs/draft_conservation_ex_emerg_reg_011516.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">regulation</span></a> that will extend statewide emergency water conservation mandates through October 2016. Several key provisions could result in water conservation targets being relaxed for some urban water suppliers in warmer regions, as well as in areas with growing populations. <br /> <br /> In response to the ongoing drought, the Board adopted an emergency regulation in May designed to achieve a 25 percent statewide reduction in potable urban water use between June 2015 and February 2016. To reach the statewide reduction mandate, the regulation identified a conservation tier for each urban water supplier ranging from 4 to 36 percent. <br /> <br /> On Nov. 13, Gov. Jerry Brown issued Executive Order B-36-15, which called for an extension of the water use restrictions through Oct. 31. The draft regulation implements Brown&rsquo;s directive, while offering modest adjustments to help respond to criticisms raised by water suppliers and the public.<br /> <br /> Based on numerous public comments, the Board has proposed several refinements to the existing regulation. The following are among the proposed modifications:<br /> <ul> <li>A new &ldquo;climate adjustment&rdquo; that could reduce a water supplier&rsquo;s conservation standard by up to four percentage points for those water suppliers located in the warmer regions of California. The climate adjustment would be based on each urban water supplier&rsquo;s average service area evapotranspiration for the months of July through September, as compared to the statewide average for the same months;</li> <li>A mechanism to adjust urban water supplier conservation standards to account for &ldquo;water efficient growth&rdquo; since 2013. According to this Board <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/publications_forms/publications/factsheets/docs/emergency_reg_fs011916.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">fact sheet</span></a>, this adjustment would &ldquo;be calculated as the product of the supplier&rsquo;s conservation standard and the supplier&rsquo;s reasonable percentage change in total potable water production since 2013.&rdquo; The formula would also account for new residential connections, new residential landscaped area, and new commercial, industrial and institutional connections;</li> <li>An adjustment that would provide up to an 8 percent reduction to the conservation standard of any water supplier that obtains at least 4 percent of its total potable water production from a new local, drought-resilient water supply. To qualify, the drought-resilient source must have been developed after 2013, and the use of that supply must not reduce the water available to another legal user or the environment; and</li> <li>A new penalty for homeowners&rsquo; associations or community service organizations that take, or threaten to take, any action that impedes homeowners from reducing or eliminating the watering of vegetation or lawns during a declared drought emergency.</li> </ul> <br /> Under the proposed regulation, the maximum adjustment to a supplier&rsquo;s conservation standard would be 8 percent. In addition, under the current regulation, water suppliers are allowed to subtract water for commercial agriculture from total potable water production if the supplier meets certain conditions. The proposed regulation modifies this exclusion so that it would apply only to customers who produce more than $1,000 in agricultural sales. <br /> <br /> The proposed regulation calls for a continuation of monthly reporting requirements for urban suppliers, conservation and reporting requirements for small water suppliers, and statewide prohibited end-uses of potable water. <br /> <br /> While the state has experienced much-needed snow and rainfall in December and January, the Board believes it is too early to tell whether additional rain and snowfall will put the state in the position where the water use restrictions are no longer necessary. The Board is seeking public comment on the proposed regulation. The comment period ends on Jan. 28. The Board will consider adopting the regulation at its Feb. 2 meeting. More information about the regulation and how to provide public comments can be found <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/conservation_portal/emergency_regulation.shtml" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">here</span></a>. <br /> <br /> For more information on these draft regulations and the comment process, please contact one of the authors of this legal alert listed at the right in the firm&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=5&amp;LPA=492&amp;format=xml" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Environmental Law &amp; Natural Resources</span></a> practice group, or your<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"> <a href="http://www.bbklaw.com/?p=2099" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">BB&amp;K attorney</span></a></span>.<br /> <em><br /> 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;.</em><br />Legal Alerts20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0800http://www.bbklaw.com/?t=40&an=49215&format=xml