Monthly Archives: November 2012

Court holds RWQCB issuance of NPDES permit to Poseidon for desalinization plant properly minimizes intake and kill of marine life through a mix of feasible onsite measures and offsite mitigation.

Surfrider Foundation v. California Regional Water Quality Control Board No. D060382 (2012 DJDAR 16050) (4th Dist., Div. 1) (November 30, 2012) Surfrider challenged the RWQCB issuance of a NPDES permit to Poseidon to operate a coastal desalinization plant. The State … Continue reading

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City and Regents’ housing project in drought-prone area failed to satisfy CEQA where the project description omitted required LAFCO approval and the alternatives omitted reduced-water considerations.

Habitat and Watershed Caretakers v. City of Santa Cruz (H037545) 2012 DJDAR 15945 (6th Dist.) (November 27, 2012) Santa Cruz has struggled to supply adequate amounts of water to its residents during dry years. The city is just starting to … Continue reading

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Court finds zoning administrator’s approval of Wal-Mart Supercenter is a zoning decision subject to 90-day statute of limitation.

Stockton Citizens for Sensible Planning v. City of Stockton No. C067164 (012 DJDAR 15431)(3rd Dist.)(November 13, 2012) A citizens group filed an action challenging the city of Stockton’s claim of categorical exemption when approving a Wal-Mart Supercenter. The group filed … Continue reading

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John Reaves will discuss key environmental and land use cases of 2012 at the San Diego County Bar Association on December 13, 2012, at noon.

Presentation will be done with Todd Cardiff before the Environmental Law and Land Use section of the county bar.

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Court finds RWQCB violated law by issuing permit to dairies in Central Valley to dispose of waste to groundwater without first making findings that such discharge complied with the state’s anti-degradation policy.

Associacion de Gente Unida por el Agua v. Central Valley Regional Quality Control Board. No. C066410 (2012 DJDAR 15291) (3rd Dist.) (November 6, 2012) In 2007, the RWQCB issued for the first time waste discharge requirements for existing dairies in … Continue reading

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Court finds RWQCB violated law by issuing permit to dairies in Central Valley to dispose of waste to groundwater without first making findings that such discharge complied with the state’s anti-degradation policy.

Associacion de Gente Unida por el Agua v. Central Valley Regional Quality Control Board. No. C066410 (2012 DJDAR 15291) (3rd Dist.) (November 6, 2012) In 2007, the RWQCB issued waste discharge requirements for existing dairies in the Central Valley for … Continue reading

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