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March 2014
District Court Finds that Waters of Golden Gate National Recreation Area May Be Closed to Commercial Herring Fishing
In January, a federal District Court denied a request to enjoin the U.S. Department of the Interior (Department) from issuing citations to commercial herring operations in the San Francisco Bay--namely in waters adjacent to the shoreline of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. According to the court, the National Park Service Organic Act gives the National Park Service (Service) authority to regulate fishing within the National Park System....

March 2014
Texas v. New Mexico Lawsuit to Proceed--U.S. Supreme Court Grants Texas' Motion for Leave to File Bill of Complaint against New Mexico over Alleged Rio Grande Compact Violations
On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the State of Texas' motion for leave to file a bill of complaint against New Mexico over alleged violations of the 1938 Rio Grande Compact, 53 Stat. 785 (1939) (Compact)....

March 2014
California Court of Appeal Finds Los Angeles County's Clean Water Act MS4 Permit Requirements Are 'Federal Mandates' Not Refundable by State
In October 2013, a California Court of Appeal ruled that requirements in Los Angeles County's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit (pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act-- CWA) were federal mandates, not additional costs for which the state owed refunds to local government....

March 2014
District Court Rules that NMFS Violated the ESA and NEPA in Approving Oregon Fish Hatchery Operations
The plaintiffs in this matter, the native fish society and the McKenzie Fly Fishers (plaintiffs), filed an action for declaratory and injunctive relief against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) (collectively: defendants)....

March 2014
Indiana State Court Finds Total Pollution Exclusion Clause Relives Insurer of the Duty to Defend and Indemnify Manufacturer in Perchlorate Contamination Litigation
The Indiana Court of Appeals has considered whether, under Maryland law, the total pollution exclusion clause in an insurance contract precluded coverage for the release of perchlorate....

March 2014
News from the West
This month's News from the West involves a drought declaration in California, and cases in Montana and Washington. First, California's Governor declared a state of emergency in response to recordlow water levels....

March 2014
NOAA Fisheries Releases New Supplemental Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA Fisheries-sometimes referred to as the National Marine Fisheries Service-NMFS) recently released a new Supplemental Biological Opinion (BiOp) for the operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS), concluding that planned operations are sufficiently protective of 13 listed salmon and steelhead species and their critical habitat under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act....

March 2014
Competing Water Bond Bills Introduced in California Legislature
In January 2014 competing water bond bills were introduced in the State Senate and State Assembly....

March 2014
How Will the Bureau of Reclamation Respond to California's Drought?
The Central Valley Project (CVP) was conceived to protect California's Central Valley from water shortages and flooding as part of California's state water plan during the 1930s. California could not finance the project due to the Great Depression so the federal government built the CVP beginning in 1937....

March 2014
Fourth District Court Upholds Irrigation District's Proposition 218 Single Protest Election for Multiple Water Rate Classes
Proposition 218, adopted by California voters in 1996, added Article XIII D to the California Constitution, placing strict substantive and procedural requirements that must be followed before local governments can impose property-related assessments, fees or charges....

March 2014
Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions
Editor's Note: Complaints and indictments discussed below are merely allegations unless or until they are proven in a court of law of competent jurisdiction....

March 2014
U.S. EPA Proposes Cleaner Emission Standards under the Clean Air Act for Wood-Burning Stoves and Heaters
On January 3, 2014, in an effort to curb air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revised emissions standards for new wood stoves and heaters pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act (CAA)....

March 2014
California Trial Court Dismisses Challenge to State's Authorization of Hydraulic Fracturing Operations
Following the recent passage of SB 4, California's comprehensive hydraulic fracturing (fracking) legislation, defendant-intervenors moved to dismiss as moot a lawsuit brought by environmental advocacy groups who alleged that California violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by failing to adequately review fracking operations within the state....

March 2014
Arizona Begins Farmland Fallowing Project
In January this year, Arizona began its first farmland fallowing project. Fallowing can be described as land set aside to "rest" for a period of one to five years....

March 2014
Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions
Editor's Note: Complaints and indictments discussed below are merely allegations unless or until they are proven in a court of law of competent jurisdiction....

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