Paeter E. Garcia

Partner

Tel: (213) 787-2543

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At a Glance

Paeter’s practice areas include water rights, water supply planning, and related fields of environmental and natural resources law.
 
He represents public agency and private clients on a broad range of water law and policy matters.
 
Paeter teaches at the University of California, Riverside Extension regarding California water law and policy.

Paeter E. Garcia’s practice areas include water rights, water supply planning, and related fields of environmental and natural resources law. Paeter represents both public agency and private clients on a broad range of water law and policy matters, such as surface and groundwater rights issues, water transactions and conveyance, and groundwater management and storage arrangements. Water supply planning and sufficiency analyses are a significant component of Paeter’s practice. He routinely counsels clients, speaks at conferences, and authors publications regarding the legal requirements of preparing Written Verifications and Water Supply Assessments under SB 221 and SB 610, water supply analyses under the California Environmental Quality Act, and Urban Water Management Plans.

In representing the public sector, Paeter serves as special counsel to agencies including Castaic Lake Water Agency, Western Municipal Water District, Lake Hemet Municipal Water District, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency and the Hi-Desert Water District on a variety of water rights, water supply planning and resource management issues. Paeter advises the Hi-Desert Water District in its role as the Watermaster of the Warren Valley Basin, as well as the Lake Hemet Municipal Water District as a key participating agency in the development of a stipulated judgment, physical solution and operating rules and regulations for the Hemet/San Jacinto Groundwater Management Area.

Paeter is vice-chair of the Southern California Water Committee’s Urban Water Planning Task Force. He served as adjunct professor at California State University, San Bernardino and teaches at the University of California, Riverside Extension regarding California water law and policy. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger, he worked at the United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection. Prior to that position, Paeter worked with an environmental law firm in downtown Los Angeles, where he advised public agency and private clients regarding significant water law, environmental and land use matters. Paeter is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Central and Eastern districts of California, the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Education

  • Syracuse University, J.D.
  • California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, B.S.


Awards

  • New York State IOLA Grant

 

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Riverside County Bar Association

 

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*
Legal Alerts Feb 2, 2017

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*

Written Comments Due in Five Days

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws
Legal Alerts Sep 27, 2016

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws

Water Supply Sufficiency Analyses Must Consider Groundwater Sustainability

New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released
Legal Alerts May 9, 2016

New Executive Order Released By California Governor for Long-Term Water Planning Released

State Water Resources Control Board Releases Draft Regulation to Modify Water Conservation Requirements

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California
Legal Alerts Feb 19, 2016

DWR Releases Draft Emergency Regulations for Groundwater Sustainability Plans in California

Proposed Regulations Include Required Plan Elements and Criteria for State Review

California’s State Water Resources Control Board Renews and Imposes Stricter Emergency Water Conservation Regulations
Legal Alerts Mar 17, 2015

California’s State Water Resources Control Board Renews and Imposes Stricter Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

Limits on Outdoor Irrigation and New Reporting Requirements Included to Address Ongoing Drought

Authored Articles & Publications Dec 1, 2014

Swing, Pendulum, Swing: California’s Historic Drought and Unprecedented Responses

BB&K Attorneys Paeter Garcia and Sarah Foley Present an In-Depth Look at the State's Drought and Recent Legislative and Legal Responses to It

Governor Signs New Laws Amending California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act
Legal Alerts Sep 24, 2014

Governor Signs New Laws Amending California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act

July 1, 2016 Set as Deadline for Preparing New Plans

Legislature Adopts Historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2014

Legislature Adopts Historic Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Act Imposes Groundwater Management and Reporting Requirements on Local Agencies

State Water Resources Control Board to Consider Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in Response to Drought
Legal Alerts Jul 9, 2014

State Water Resources Control Board to Consider Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in Response to Drought

Proposed Regulations to Impose Restrictions on Individuals, Urban Water Suppliers and Distributors of Public Water Supplies

  • “Alert: 2015 Urban Water Management Plan,” Best Best & Krieger LLP Information Sheet, 2015
  • “The Sustainable Groundwater Management Act,” Best Best & Krieger LLP Information Sheet, 2015
  • “Department of Water Resources Releases Report on State of Groundwater Resources,” BB&K Legal Alert, May 6, 2014
  • “CEQA Exemptions Granted for Certain State Agency Actions by Gov. Brown Proclamation,” BB&K Legal Alert, May 1, 2014
  • “Governor’s Office of Planning & Research Seeks Input to Improve California’s Groundwater Management,” BB&K Legal Alert, April 9, 2014


Presentations

  • “Relationships Between Planning Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Other Planning,” Law Seminar International’s Groundwater Regulation in California, Oct. 29, 2015
  • “Today’s Water Wars - Water Rights and Water Quality: From East to West Coast,” 2015 IMLA Annual Conference, Oct. 4, 2015
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of SGMA,” ACWA Conference, May 6, 2015
  • “CEQA and the Big Drought,” Association of Environmental Professionals Conference, March 22-25, 2015
  • “Relationship Between AB 3030 Planning and Other Planning Requirements and Processes,” Law Seminars International’s Groundwater Regulation and Management in California: Updates on Legal and Policy Developments; Practical Tips and Strategies, March 3, 2015
  • “The Perfect Non-Storm: Permitting Development in Drought Conditions,” The Seminar Group’s Dealing in Drought: Development, Legislation and Litigation, Oct. 30, 2014