Andre Monette works with both public and private clients in matters involving water quality issues. He is a member of the Environmental & Natural Resources practice group in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Andre works extensively with water districts, cities, counties and agricultural interests, and other private entities on matters involving the Federal Clean Water Act and its state law analogues.
Andre’s practice includes:
- Representing multiple clients in Clean Water Act cases as Amicus before the United States Supreme Court in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, 2012, Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 2012 and Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council, 2014
- Testifying before the United States Senate on stormwater runoff and the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act
- Representing a coalition of water supply agencies before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in challenges to EPA regulations implementing the federal Clean Water Act
- Assisting with the implementation of pretreatment standards in compliance with Clean Water Act Regulations
- Litigating complex water rights disputes involving groundwater formations and surface streams across California
- Defending clients in enforcement actions brought by state and federal authorities for violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations
- Participation in the development and implementation of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) applicable to wastewater treatment facilities, municipalities, and other dischargers
A major area of focus for Andre’s practice is the intersection of the water quality and water supply regulation. Federal and state laws across the nation divide water quality and water supply regulations into separate categories that often do not intersect and can preclude efficient use of the supply. Andre’s practice focuses on areas of overlap where acute knowledge of multiple regulatory schemes is required, including; streambed restoration, groundwater recharge projects, indirect potable reuse projects, large scale recycled water projects, and effluent limitation compliance.
Andre is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the District of Columbia.
- Case Western Reserve University, J.D.
- San Diego State University, B.S., geology with marine geology emphasis and political science minor