Water

Water is a vital resource, and access to safe and reliable water is fundamental to society. As a result, its use, supply, quality and management are all highly regulated. The laws are complicated and compliance is complex.
 
BB&K is uniquely positioned to help our public and private clients navigate this challenging landscape. BB&K is recognized as a California Powerhouse for our water-related work, and our Environmental Law & Natural Resource practice is among the leading in the nation. Our lawyers have counseled clients on building, operating and maintaining water supply systems for more than a century, offering integrated, coordinated, cross-disciplinary knowledge and experience to address and effectively resolve all water-related issues and concerns.
 
We literally wrote the book on California water law, an authoritative treatise that addresses the many complicated issues that arise regarding water rights, supply and quality. Our water law lawyers have played an integral role in advocating and helping to develop water-related policies and regulations.
 
On the Cutting Edge of Water Law
Always on the cutting edge when it comes to water issues, laws and regulations, we helped shape the grant and loan distribution guidelines of California’s Proposition 1, which authorized issuance of more than $11 billion in bonds to overhaul California’s water system. We were involved in drafting other water legislation, including the California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and one of our lawyers was selected by the United States Supreme Court to serve as Special Master of a large water rights dispute between two states. Through these various endeavors, we have gained extensive experience and a comprehensive knowledge of the rules and their application, making BB&K the go-to firm on water issues.
 
Comprehensive Service
From environmental concerns to water rights, water quality, wastewater recycling, sewage treatment, stormwater and solid waste management systems to infrastructure development, construction and finance, BB&K lawyers are experienced in addressing the issues that water projects implicate. We advise cities, counties, water districts, public agencies and private clients, devising innovative and cost-effective solutions that assure compliance with all legal requirements and regulatory restrictions.

Our lawyers often team with engineers, environmental consultants and architects to offer guidance and develop the best possible solutions for our clients. Additionally, we assist clients with:

  • Permitting, approvals, land use, zoning and siting issues
  • Treatment, storage and distribution of water resources
  • Remediation and restoration
  • Wetlands
  • Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, California’s Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and all other applicable environmental laws, including California Environmental Quality Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, and the Endangered Species Act


BB&K maintains an extensive Environmental Litigation practice that engages nearly a quarter of the firm’s lawyers and utilizes the firm’s knowledge and experience to effectively resolve issues before regulatory bodies and in courts at all levels.

How Can Government Relations Help You?

Environmental, water, telecommunications and transportation projects by both public agencies and businesses can benefit from our advocacy services. Let us help you be heard!

Learn more about BB&K's Government Relations services.

Steve M. Anderson

Steve M. Anderson

Partner

(951) 826-8279

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Special Districts | Water
Russell G. Behrens

Russell G. Behrens

Partner

(949) 263-6569

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Joseph P. Byrne

Joseph P. Byrne

Partner

(213) 617-7496

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
Matthew Collins

Matthew Collins

Associate

(951) 826-8246

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Jeffrey V. Dunn

Jeffrey V. Dunn

Partner

(949) 263-2616

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Jeffry F. Ferre

Jeffry F. Ferre

Partner

(951) 826-8271

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Sarah Christopher Foley

Sarah Christopher Foley

Associate

(213) 787-2560

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water | Water Quality | Water Rights
John D. Freshman

John D. Freshman

Senior Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5301

Areas of Focus: Air Quality | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Hazardous Waste | Water
Paeter E. Garcia

Paeter E. Garcia

Partner

(213) 787-2543

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | General & Special Counsel | Special Districts | Water
Eric L. Garner

Eric L. Garner

Partner

(213) 787-2561

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water | Water Rights
Shawn D. Hagerty

Shawn D. Hagerty

Partner

(619) 525-1327

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water | Water Quality
Robert Hargreaves

Robert Hargreaves

Partner

(760) 837-1604

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Renewable Energy | Water
Kira Johnson

Kira Johnson

Water Policy Analyst

(213) 787-2556

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Water | Water Quality | Water Rights
Deborah J. Kollars

Deborah J. Kollars

Associate

(916) 551-2823

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Miles B.H. Krieger

Miles B.H. Krieger

Associate

(951) 826-8215

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal | Special Districts | Water
Andre Monette

Andre Monette

Partner

(619) 525-1374

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Environmental Litigation | Water | Water Quality
Michelle Ouellette

Michelle Ouellette

Partner

(951) 826-8373

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Sarah E. Owsowitz

Sarah E. Owsowitz

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3308

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Renewable Energy | Water
Lindsay D. Puckett

Lindsay D. Puckett

Partner

(619) 525-1378

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Water
Michael T. Riddell

Michael T. Riddell

Partner

(951) 826-8210

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Kelly J. Salt

Kelly J. Salt

Partner

(619) 525-1375

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Finance | Special Districts | Water
Charity B. Schiller

Charity B. Schiller

Partner

(951) 826-8223

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) | Special Districts | Water
Ana D. Schwab

Ana D. Schwab

Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs*

(202) 370-5311

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
A. Haviva Shane

A. Haviva Shane

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8289

Areas of Focus: Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts | Transportation | Water
Ward H. Simmons

Ward H. Simmons

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8366

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Water
Gene Tanaka

Gene Tanaka

Partner

(925) 977-3301

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Public Agency Litigation | Water
Roderick E. Walston

Roderick E. Walston

Of Counsel

(925) 977-3304

Areas of Focus: Endangered Species | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Water
Wendy Y. Wang

Wendy Y. Wang

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2554

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts | Water
Deborah A. Wordham

Deborah A. Wordham

Of Counsel

(213) 787-2542

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court
Client Successes Jun 22, 2017

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court

BB&K Wins Major Victory for Local Agencies Confirming Authority for Taxation

BB&K In the News Jun 22, 2017

Calif. County Tax On Leased Tribal Lands Gets Judge's OK

Law360 Interviews Partner Rod Walston on Ruling

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge
Legal Alerts Jun 19, 2017

No Mandatory Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies for Proposition 218 Challenge

California Court of Appeal Allows Challenge to Prop. 218 Without Public Protest

Arthur Littleworth Receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from La Sierra University
Press Releases Jun 19, 2017

Arthur Littleworth Receives Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from La Sierra University

BB&K Partner Recognized for Contributions to Riverside School Integration

Event Jun 15, 2017

Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District In Lieu Fee Program

CLE International's 4th Annual California Wetlands Conference

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches
Legal Alerts Jun 14, 2017

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches

JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

Event Jun 12-13, 2017

Coping with Drought, Floods and the New Federal Administration

Argent's 2017 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference

Event May 30, 2017

Identifying Aquifers for Successful Management

IWRA XVIth World Water Congress

Partners Michelle Ouellette and Kelly Salt Named Top Women Lawyers
Press Releases May 25, 2017

Partners Michelle Ouellette and Kelly Salt Named Top Women Lawyers

Daily Journal’s Annual List of California’s Best Female Attorneys

State Water Board Adopts Groundwater Extraction Fees For SGMA Intervention
Legal Alerts May 22, 2017

State Water Board Adopts Groundwater Extraction Fees For SGMA Intervention

Fee Imposition Will Begin This Summer

Event May 18, 2017

Groundwater Sustainability Plans: Potential Challenges And Solutions

The American Ground Water Trust Conference

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project
Client Successes May 15, 2017

BB&K Government Relations Team Helps Client Secure Federal Grant for Water Project

Las Virgenes-Triunfo JPA Pure Water Project Receives Funds

Haviva Shane Video Bio
Videos May 9, 2017

Haviva Shane Video Bio

Of Counsel

Event May 9-12, 2017

One Water, One Future

ACWA's 2017 Spring Conference & Exhibition

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water
Legal Alerts May 8, 2017

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water

State Water Resources Control Board Held Public Hearing

Event May 5, 2017

Applying P3s to Stormwater

P3 Water Summit

Event Apr 25, 2017

Water Laws and Regulations

HalfMoon Education Seminars

Partner Lindsay Puckett Selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript 40 Under 40
Press Releases Apr 20, 2017

Partner Lindsay Puckett Selected as a San Diego Daily Transcript 40 Under 40

Annual List Lauds Young Professionals in the Community

Event Apr 12, 2017

Structuring Conservation-Based Rates Under Current California Law

CA-NV AWWA's 2017 Spring Conference

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released
Legal Alerts Apr 11, 2017

Final California Water Conservation Plan and Proposed Legislation Released

Urban Water Suppliers Face Far-Reaching Consequences

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services
Legal Alerts Apr 10, 2017

School Districts not Exempt from Paying Assessments to Fund Flood Control Services

California Appellate Court Finds Constitutional Mandate Supersedes Statutory Exemption

Event Apr 6-7, 2017

Water Rights in an Era of “Permanent” Conservation Madness

California Water Policy Conference

BB&K Breaks on to Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Law Firms List
Press Releases Mar 23, 2017

BB&K Breaks on to Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Law Firms List

Firm’s Los Angeles Office Makes Debut at No. 173

Event Mar 18, 2017

Show Me the Money: Stormwater Permit Compliance and Unfunded Mandates

City Attorneys of Los Angeles County Annual Retreat

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 16, 2017

Public Trust Doctrine & Water Rights

The Walker Case: Does the Public Trust Doctrine Apply to Water Rights Established in Judicial Decrees?

BB&K Environmental Team Wins California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award
Press Releases Mar 15, 2017

BB&K Environmental Team Wins California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

Congratulations to Michelle Ouellette, Sarah Owsowitz and Jennifer Lynch

Event Mar 14-16, 2017

Local Arrangements to Manage Groundwater Demand and Lessons for WB Operations

World Bank Water Week 2017

Event Mar 9-10, 2017

Successes and Challenges in Groundwater Governance in California

World Bank Water Global Practice Group / Center for Mediterranean Integration

Event Mar 3, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Costa Mesa)

Association of Environmental Professionals

Event Feb 28, 2017

Advanced CEQA Workshop (Riverside)

Association of Environmental Professionals

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead
Legal Alerts Feb 23, 2017

California to Require Domestic Water Suppliers to Test School Drinking Water for Lead

State Water Resources Control Board Amends Domestic Water Supply Permit

Partner Joseph Byrne Re-Appointed to California Water Commission
BB&K In the News Feb 22, 2017

Partner Joseph Byrne Re-Appointed to California Water Commission

Gov. Brown Appoints Byrne for Third Term

Event Feb 9-10, 2017

Western Water Law Conference

CLE International

Client Successes Feb 8, 2017

BB&K Represents Water District in Historic Indian Water Rights Settlement

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indian Water Rights Settlement Act

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

Press Releases Feb 1, 2017

BB&K Again a Top Sacramento Law Firm

Sacramento Business Journal’s 2017 Law Firm List

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

San Diego Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the BB&K Attorneys Recognized for their Work

Press Releases Jan 20, 2017

Southern California Super Lawyers 2017

Five BB&K Partners Receive Honor

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Event Jan 18-20, 2017

ESA Implementation in California and the West

Mid-Pacific Region Water Users’ Conference

Event Jan 12, 2017

Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California's Historic Drought

Rate Workshop Hosted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (Oakland)

Event Jan 11, 2017

Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California's Historic Drought

Rate Workshop Hosted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (Sacramento)

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2016

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies

Laws Passed in 2016 That Will Impact Public Agency Work

Shawn Hagerty Video Bio
Videos Dec 5, 2016

Shawn Hagerty Video Bio

Partner

Hillsborough Residents File Suit Over Water Rates
BB&K In the News Dec 2, 2016

Hillsborough Residents File Suit Over Water Rates

Rates Comply with Law, BB&K Partner Kelly Salt Tells East Bay Times

Draft Plan Released to Establish Permanent Water Conservation Requirements Throughout California
Legal Alerts Dec 2, 2016

Draft Plan Released to Establish Permanent Water Conservation Requirements Throughout California

Public Comments Accepted Until Dec. 19

Deborah Wordham Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Deborah Wordham Video Bio

Of Counsel

Event Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016

Bringing Water Together

ACWA's 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition

Joseph Byrne Video Bio
Videos Nov 22, 2016

Joseph Byrne Video Bio

Partner

Steve M. Anderson Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Steve M. Anderson Video Bio

Partner

Eric L. Garner Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

Eric L. Garner Video Bio

Managing Partner

Endangered Fish v. Humans: The Fight Over Competing Water Needs
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 9, 2016

Endangered Fish v. Humans: The Fight Over Competing Water Needs

The Struggle to Find Balance is Explored by BB&K Partner Gene Tanaka in Municipal Lawyer Magazine

Press Releases Nov 1, 2016

BB&K Earns “Metropolitan Tier 1” Best Law Firm Rankings

U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America 2017 Best Law Firms List

BB&K’s Reimagining the Cadillac Desert
BB&K In the News Oct 27, 2016

BB&K’s Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Maven’s Notebook Shares Highlights from Water Event

In Yorba Linda, the Race for Water District Board is Getting Ugly
BB&K In the News Oct 26, 2016

In Yorba Linda, the Race for Water District Board is Getting Ugly

KPCC Interviews BB&K Partner Kelly Salt on Water Agency Issues

New California Legislation Targets Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation
Legal Alerts Oct 19, 2016

New California Legislation Targets Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

SB 7, Which Goes Into Effect Jan. 1, 2018, May Require Individual Unit Water Measurement

Eric Garner an L.A. Business Journal Leaders in Law Finalist
Press Releases Oct 17, 2016

Eric Garner an L.A. Business Journal Leaders in Law Finalist

BB&K’s Managing Partner Nominated for Law Firm and Water Law Leadership Roles

Event Oct 6, 2016

Ensuring the Financial Health of Your Utility After California's Historic Drought

Rate Workshop Hosted by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc.

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

The Forever Drought
Videos Sep 15, 2016

The Forever Drought

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Using Nature's Technology in Response to Drought
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Using Nature's Technology in Response to Drought

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert: Welcome and Opening Remarks

BB&K's Eric Garner Kicks Off Event

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Modern Urban Living in the Dry Age

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Where Will Water Come From?
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Where Will Water Come From?

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Water and Technology
Videos Sep 15, 2016

Water and Technology

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert
BB&K Event Sep 15, 2016

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

BB&K's Inaugural Premier Event

How are Cities Looking at Water
Videos Sep 15, 2016

How are Cities Looking at Water

Reimagining the Cadillac Desert

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors
Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2016

Bill Addresses Excessive Water Use by Some California Urban Retail Water Purveyors

Tiered Water Rates and Surcharges Among Tools Agencies Can Use During Water Shortages

California Supreme Court Requires State to Fund Local Stormwater Programs
Legal Alerts Aug 29, 2016

California Supreme Court Requires State to Fund Local Stormwater Programs

Funding Sources Potentially Impacted for Cities and Counties

Press Releases Aug 15, 2016

20 BB&K Attorneys Make Best Lawyers in America 2017 List

Two Named Lawyers of the Year

Client Successes Jul 14, 2016

Appellate Court Again Sides with BB&K Client in Groundwater Rights Dispute

City of Santa Maria’s Groundwater Rights Upheld

Press Releases Apr 21, 2016

BB&K Partners Shawn Hagerty and Andre Monette Honored by IMLA

They Received an Amicus Service Award for Their Work on a Maui Water Quality Matter

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements
Legal Alerts Mar 11, 2016

March 15 Deadline Approaches For California Water Suppliers to Apply for Adjustments to Water Conservation Requirements

Climate, Growth and Water Supply Adjustments Ease Conservation Burden in Some Communities

Sixth Circuit Exercises Jurisdiction over Federal Clean Water Rule Challenges
Legal Alerts Feb 22, 2016

Sixth Circuit Exercises Jurisdiction over Federal Clean Water Rule Challenges

Nationwide Stay of WOTUS Rule Remains in Effect

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 State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards
Legal Alerts Feb 10, 2016

California State Water Board Issues Directive on Submitting Information to Adjust Conservation Standards

Climate, Population Growth Among New Factors For Mandatory Drought Restrictions

Event Feb 8, 2016

Ocean Desalination: Examining Technical, Regulatory and Practical Solutions

The Seminar Group

Event Jan 28, 2016

Groundwater Sustainability Seminar

American Council of Engineering Companies

Press Releases Jan 22, 2016

2016 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine Recognizes Six BB&K Partners

Honored Attorneys Represent Municipal Law, Environmental & Natural Resources and Litigation Services

Client Successes Jan 21, 2016

Antelope Valley Groundwater Adjudication Settles

BB&K Successfully Represents Lead Party in the Largest Groundwater Pumping Rights Case in California History

Press Releases Jan 11, 2016

Two BB&K Attorneys Promoted to Partner

Plus, Partnership Elects New Member to the Firm’s Executive Committee

State Water Board Releases Proposed Framework for Extending Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in California
Legal Alerts Dec 23, 2015

State Water Board Releases Proposed Framework for Extending Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in California

Public Comments Due Jan. 6

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Public Agency Liability for Flood Control
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 21, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Public Agency Liability for Flood Control

BB&K Partner Gene Tanaka Discusses in Municipal Lawyer Magazine How Local Agencies May Be Liable for Flood Damage — Just in Time for the Expected Rainy Season

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2015

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools.

Client Successes Dec 4, 2015

Catalina Island Desalination Unit

Team of BB&K Attorneys Help Draft Agreement to Boost Freshwater Supply on Island

Tensions, Threats as California’s New Groundwater Law Takes Shape
BB&K In the News Nov 21, 2015

Tensions, Threats as California’s New Groundwater Law Takes Shape

BB&K Partner Jeffrey Dunn Discusses Groundwater Pumping Laws With the Sacramento Bee

To Save Water, an Underground Movement to Bank El Nino's Rainfall
BB&K In the News Nov 9, 2015

To Save Water, an Underground Movement to Bank El Nino's Rainfall

BB&K Attorney Joseph Byrne, Chair of the California Water Commission, Discusses Groundwater Storage Projects With the Los Angeles Times

Event Nov 6, 2015

Future of Water Supply in California: In Times of Shortage, Who Gets Cut and How Much? Agriculture? The Environment? The People?

LACBA Environmental Law Section

Press Releases Nov 2, 2015

BB&K Receives Best Law Firms Rankings from U.S. News-Best Lawyers in America

Three Practice Areas in Two Cities Selected as "Top Tier”

Event Oct 29-30, 2015

Groundwater Regulation in California

Law Seminars International

Event Oct 29, 2015

Update on the California Water Commission

Three Valleys Municipal Water District

Event Oct 29, 2015

The Next Wave Series: Who Owns Water?

UCLA Hammer Museum Lecture Series

Event Oct 14, 2015

Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: One Year Later

ACWA's 2015 Regulatory Summit

A Tax Ruling Could Complicate California’s Effort to Battle the Drought
BB&K In the News Sep 29, 2015

A Tax Ruling Could Complicate California’s Effort to Battle the Drought

BB&K Partner Kelly Salt Discusses Capistrano Case With the American Bar Association Journal

BB&K In the News Sep 24, 2015

BB&K Files Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Threatened Santa Ana Sucker Case

A Team of BB&K Attorneys, Working pro Bono, Garnered Headlines This Week for Case of First Impression

Press Releases Sep 22, 2015

BB&K to File Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Threatened Santa Ana Sucker Case

Appeal Asks the High Court to Sort Out the Intersection of the Nation’s Endangered Species and Environmental Policy Laws

Client Successes Sep 15, 2015

Attorney Fees Awarded Following Successful CEQA Lawsuit

BB&K Attorneys Jason Ackerman, Fernando Avila and Jennifer Lynch Represented the City of Shafter

Eric Garner Named One of the Top 100 Lawyers in California
Press Releases Sep 9, 2015

Eric Garner Named One of the Top 100 Lawyers in California

BB&K’s Managing Partner is Recognized on the Daily Journal’s Annual List for His Work in Water Law

Federal Judge Halts Implementation of Waters of the United States Rule
Legal Alerts Aug 28, 2015

Federal Judge Halts Implementation of Waters of the United States Rule

Injunction Applies Only to 13 States That Are Parties to the Case

Water Law, Conservation and Drought
BB&K In the News Aug 28, 2015

Water Law, Conservation and Drought

BB&K Managing Eric Partner Discusses the Water Crisis on KCAA: Water Zone

New ‘Waters of the United States’ Up Ahead
Authored Articles & Publications Aug 17, 2015

New ‘Waters of the United States’ Up Ahead

As the Final Rule Defining What Qualifies As "Waters of the United States" Becomes Final, BB&K Partner Andre Monette Gives an Overview of the Rule, and Its History

Press Releases Aug 17, 2015

19 BB&K Attorneys Included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Partner Iris Yang and Of Counsel Joseph Coomes Selected as Lawyers of the Year

California Indian Tribe Pursues Rights to Groundwater
BB&K In the News Jul 29, 2015

California Indian Tribe Pursues Rights to Groundwater

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Represents a Water Supplier in a Case That Has Potentially Vast Impacts on Groundwater Rights. He Is Interviewed by Circle of Blue

Regulators Say First Water Case Aided by Detailed Records
BB&K In the News Jul 23, 2015

Regulators Say First Water Case Aided by Detailed Records

BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner Discussed Water Rights Prosecutions With the Associated Press

BB&K Welcomes Director of Governmental Affairs Syrus Devers
Press Releases Jul 20, 2015

BB&K Welcomes Director of Governmental Affairs Syrus Devers

His Legal and Advocacy Background in Water, the Environment and Natural Resources Will Prove Valuable to Clients

Inland Empire Real Estate Community Focuses on Water Restrictions
BB&K In the News May 17, 2015

Inland Empire Real Estate Community Focuses on Water Restrictions

BB&K Partner Steven Anderson Discusses Water and Development at Forum, as Reported by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Event May 14, 2015

Global Perspectives on Water and Society

Water Technology Hub

State Board Issues Curtailment Notices of Surface Water Rights Diversions
Legal Alerts May 13, 2015

State Board Issues Curtailment Notices of Surface Water Rights Diversions

California Drought Prompts Action

5 Ways California Water Restrictions are Affecting Real Estate
BB&K In the News May 12, 2015

5 Ways California Water Restrictions are Affecting Real Estate

BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner Discusses in Law360 Interview Some Ways Developers Will Need to Comply With Drought Restrictions

Tough Mandatory Water Restrictions of up to 36 Percent Retained in Draft Emergency Drought Regulation for California
Legal Alerts Apr 29, 2015

Tough Mandatory Water Restrictions of up to 36 Percent Retained in Draft Emergency Drought Regulation for California

State Water Resources Control Board Cites Need to Avoid Potential “Catastrophic Impacts”

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Recognized with IMLA’s Amicus Service Award
Press Releases Apr 28, 2015

BB&K Attorney Roderick Walston Recognized with IMLA’s Amicus Service Award

Roderick Walston was Recognized for His Work on a Clean Water Act Case in the U.S. Supreme Court

Drought Puts State’s Byzantine Water Rights System into Stark Relief
BB&K In the News Apr 22, 2015

Drought Puts State’s Byzantine Water Rights System into Stark Relief

BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner Discusses With the Daily Journal California Water Rights in the Wake of New Drought-Related Regulations

San Juan Capistrano Tiered Water-Use Rates Decision
BB&K In the News Apr 21, 2015

San Juan Capistrano Tiered Water-Use Rates Decision

BB&K Partner Kelly Salt Interviewed on Capistrano Taxpayers Association v. City of San Juan Capistrano

California Tribe Seeks to Drop Claims Against Utility in Tax Fight
BB&K In the News Apr 9, 2015

California Tribe Seeks to Drop Claims Against Utility in Tax Fight

BB&K Partner Roderick Walston Discusses in Law360 Desert Water Agency Role in Tribal Land Groundwater Tax and Fee Case

One Way to Ration Water: Raise the Price
BB&K In the News Apr 8, 2015

One Way to Ration Water: Raise the Price

BB&K Partner Kelly Salt Discusses the Economics of Water Use With National Public Radio's Marketplace

DIVISIONS GO DEEP: Tribe fights to control flush aquifer that water agencies deny depleting and fouling
BB&K In the News Mar 31, 2015

DIVISIONS GO DEEP: Tribe fights to control flush aquifer that water agencies deny depleting and fouling

BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner Discusses Water Supply Disputes and Drought With the L.A. Times

Where to Store Water? Above Ground or Below Ground?
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 28, 2015

Where to Store Water? Above Ground or Below Ground?

BB&K Attorney and California Water Commission Chair Joseph Byrne Joins the Conversation on Water in the Sacramento Bee

Rowland Water District Renews Commitment to Highest Ethical Standards
BB&K In the News Mar 13, 2015

Rowland Water District Renews Commitment to Highest Ethical Standards

BB&K Attorney Joseph Byrne Lead Client in Annual Ethics Training

San Juan Capistrano Case Challenges Legality of Tiered Water Rates
BB&K In the News Feb 27, 2015

San Juan Capistrano Case Challenges Legality of Tiered Water Rates

Partner Kelly Salt Quoted by the L.A. Times on Proposition 218's Role in Water Rate Setting

Event Feb 19, 2015

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Press Releases Jan 22, 2015

Six BB&K Attorneys in San Diego Included on the 2015 List of San Diego Super Lawyers or Super Lawyer

Congratulations to These Attorneys

Water Commission Discusses Allocation Process for Proposition 1 Water Shortage Funding
BB&K In the News Jan 21, 2015

Water Commission Discusses Allocation Process for Proposition 1 Water Shortage Funding

BB&K Attorney and State Water Commission Chair Joe Byrne Quoted by ACWA on Water Storage Projects

Press Releases Jan 8, 2015

Two BB&K Attorneys Named Partners

Andre Monette and Gail A. Karish Receive Promotions

Drought Spurs New Court Rulings, Legislation Governing State Water Rights
BB&K In the News Dec 30, 2014

Drought Spurs New Court Rulings, Legislation Governing State Water Rights

BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner Discusses the Past and Future of Water in California in the Daily Journal

Event Dec 2, 2014

Moment of Truth: One State, One Water Future

Moment of Truth: One State, One Water Future

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

Fate of $7.5B Water Bond up to Voters
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 3, 2014

Fate of $7.5B Water Bond up to Voters

BB&K Attorney Steven M. Anderson Discuss the Water, Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 in the Daily Journal

BB&K Partner Eric Garner Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Water Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Los Angeles
Press Releases Sep 26, 2014

BB&K Partner Eric Garner Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Water Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Los Angeles

In Best Lawyers Magazine, Garner Is Featured among the City's Most Prestigious Lawyers, Who Were Selected by Their Peers

Press Releases Aug 19, 2014

Thirteen BB&K Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 List

The Included Attorneys Practice in BB&K Offices throughout California

Press Releases Aug 14, 2014

Three BB&K Attorneys Among Daily Journal’s Top 50 California Development Attorneys for 2014

Partners Scott Campbell, Steven DeBaun and Michelle Ouellette Recognized for Projects that Transform the State

BB&K Attorney Joseph P. Byrne Re-Appointed to California Water Commission
Press Releases Jul 15, 2014

BB&K Attorney Joseph P. Byrne Re-Appointed to California Water Commission

Joseph Byrne Serves as Chair of the Commission

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