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California Farmers Upset Over Water Allocations

This week the Bureau of Reclamation announced the 2017 water allocations for California farmers and many groups are upset over the long-awaited announcement. According to the release, farmers south of the state’s main water hub would only receive 65 percent of their allotted water from the Central Valley Project. Meanwhile, other regions are receiving their […]

Environmentalists Use Spotted Owl To Foil Forest Service—Again

Last Thursday California federal judge John A. Mendez found that the U.S. Forest Service didn’t take a hard enough look at the alternatives to a timber project in California’s Mendocino National Forest. Citing the Forest Service’s lack of a “hard look” at the project alternatives to avoid impacts on the northern spotted owl, including one […]

Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt After Fight

The U.S. Senate confirmed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the U.S. EPA administrator on a 52-46 vote split largely along party lines. Quoting the New York Times report: “Democrats railed all night on the Senate floor against Mr. Pruitt and urged Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, to delay the confirmation vote […]

Riverside County Showdown: Environmental Groups vs. Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Groups Move for Summary Judgment in Suit Against Federal Highway Administration Environmental groups recently filed for summary judgment, alleging that the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) failed to consider community impacts or less harmful alternatives prior to approving a $1.7 billion highway project, the Mid County Parkway (“MCP”), in Riverside County. The Center for Biological […]

California: Water Is For Fish Not Farmers

California: Water Is For Fish Not Farmers State regulators are moving to leave more water in two of the biggest rivers in California in an effort to preserve the native ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. While California farmers’ water allocations have been reduced, San Francisco water officials have […]

Enviros Make Bid to Intervene In Mineral Leases

Environmental Groups Seek to Intervene in Mineral Lease Sale Lawsuit This week in New Mexico, nine environmental groups asked a federal judge for permission to intervene in a law suit between Western Energy Alliance (“WEA”), an oil and gas industry group, and the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”). WEA challenges the agency, arguing that BLM […]

California Rep. Asks FERC to Remove Klamath Dam

Rep. Huffman of California Asks FERC to Approve Klamath Dam Removal On October 12th, Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Ranking Member on the Water Power, and Oceans Subcommitte on the House Committee on Natural Resources, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), urging FERC to approve applications which would allow the transfer of […]

Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Approved By Federal and State Agencies

First Phase of Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Approved By Federal and State Agencies Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the California Energy Commission signed the first phase of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“Plan”), which approved revisions of a sprawling renewable energy and conservation plan for […]

G. Braiden Chadwick receives “Best of the Bar” Recognition for 2016

G. Braiden Chadwick receives “Best of the Bar” Recognition for 2016 Mitchell Chadwick LLP is pleased to announce that G. Braiden Chadwick has again been named to the Sacramento Business Journal’s 2016 “Best of the Bar” list, which recognizes top outside counsel in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo Counties. The lawyers profiled in the […]

California Supreme Court Upholds Suction Mining Moratorium

California Supreme Court Upholds Suction Mining Moratorium On Monday, the California Supreme Court upheld California’s moratorium on suction dredging for gold. Suction dredging is a small-scale mining practice in which matter is removed from the bottom of waterways, minerals are extracted, and the residue is returned to the water. In 2009, the California state legislature […]

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