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  • California Adopts Wetlands Definition and Expands Requirements for Dredge or Fill Applicants

    By Procopio Partner John J. Lormon and Legal Assistant Miranda C. Barfield After more than a decade of work, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) approved on April 2, 2019, a common definition for California wetlands and a regulatory program that amends and expands the permit requirements for the discharge of dredge or fill materials that impact or could impact state waters. We forecast coming changes and their importance for development in the state in a previ...

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  • Proposed Regulatory Changes Would Impact Clean Water Act 401 Applicants in California

    By Procopio Partner and Energy and Environmental Law practice leader John J. Lormon and Legal Assistant Miranda C. Barfield A wide array of projects in California fall under the jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA), so it’s worth noting that changes are now being proposed to the jurisdictional reach of the CWA. In this first article of a two-part analysis, we examine the current California permitting process for projects subject to CWA dredge and fill jurisdiction, as well ...

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