Stoel Rives attorney Wes Miliband authored an article for the San Francisco Daily Journal titled “Water conservation efforts must continue.” The article discusses obstacles, such as climate change and ongoing drought, that California faces in maintaining water supplies and the need to augment those supplies and maximize efficient use of the natural resource.
Miliband discusses some of the regulatory responses in California to the water shortage:
- The State Water Resources Control Board is anticipated to consider climate change when evaluating applications for appropriative water right permits;
- Regulated users, especially of groundwater, must adapt to the new requirements of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which is designed to establish sustainable groundwater management.
He also points out the need to augment water supplies—whether in the public sector by recycling water, the agricultural sector through desalination or the oil and gas industry by treating "produced water" that results from oil and gas exploration (distinct from hydraulic fracturing).
Miliband concludes: “Ultimately, California groundwater compels those reliant on this natural resource to proactively focus now and in the coming years on groundwater as natural conditions change and evolving regulations and management take form.”
Read “Water conservation efforts must continue,” published by the San Francisco Daily Journal July 27, 2016. (Subscription required.)