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THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - TWR #170: April 15, 2018

In-Depth Water Articles:

Groundwater & the Clean Water Act: Murky Waters — Are Indirect Discharges to Groundwater Regulated Under the CWA? Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, et al. v. County of Maui by Kathy Robb & Christine Leas, Sive, Paget & Riesel (New York, NY)

The Klamath Settlement — Year Eight: Dam Removal Progressing - Water Reforms Stalled by Congress by Glen Spain, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) and the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) (Eugene, OR)

Sustainable Groundwater Management (Edited Excerpts) — The Future of Groundwater in California: Lessons in Sustainable Management from Across the West
by Christina Babbitt, Scott Sellers, Ann Hayden, & Maurice Hall (Environmental Defense Fund); Kate Gibson & Nicholas Brozović, (Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska); Sandra Zellmer (Daugherty Professor, University of Nebraska College of Law) & Anthony Saracino (Water Resources Consultant)

Water Briefs:
Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) Groundwater Pollution: 3M Settlement with Minnesota
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): EPA Leadership Summit in May
Errata: “Mitigating for Development” Article in TWR #169 (page 17)
Tribal Water Rights: Navajo Nation Settlement Challenge Rejected for San Juan River
Texas v. New Mexico: Justice Gorsuch Orders that US be Allowed to Intervene as Party
Recycled Water: California Adopts Water Quality & Other Requirements for Safe Use to Augment Reservoir Supplies
Instream Transfer: Water District Awarded Grant to Dedicate Storage Releases for Instream Flow
WaterSMART Funding: Reclamation Announced Three Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Opportunities
Treatment as State Approved for Southern Ute Tribe's Water Quality Programs by EPA

Testimonial for The Water Report:

Dear Water Report,

Thanks for your article on the audit of the State of Oregon’s Water Resources Department in TWR #156 (February 15, 2017).   After reading the two-page article I downloaded the audit.

The section entitled “Water Rights in Oregon,” starting on page 6 of the audit, was worth the effort on its own of downloading the audit.

As you may know, we have had a subscription to TWR from its earliest days and not an issue goes by without me finding at least one article of interest but often I find myself reading several in each issue.

Rob Matthews, P. Geo.

Manager, Water Use Licensing Section

Manitoba Department of Sustainable Development

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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The Water Report: Water Rights, Water Quality and Water Solutions in the West

           Original Content by Experts in the Field

     Water rights, water quality, and innovative uses of water resources are increasingly vital issues in the western United States. The Water Report — a monthly water news journal for water professionals — covers the battles and changes shaping the future of water law. Water quality of surface water and groundwater, the laws that govern discharges into the waters of the United States, and the technology utilized to deal with the challenges are also a focus of The Water Report.

     Throughout the West the management of water resources faces formidable challenges. Some are more gradual, as with the relentless pressures arising from an ever-increasing population. Some are subject to abrupt change, as when evolving federal mandates — the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, Superfund, Hydroelectric Relicensing, etc. — collide both with each other and with the legal edifice of established western water law. Climate change has added a new dynamic to management concerns.

     Also throughout the West, innovative water professionals in both the private and public sectors are hammering out practical solutions. These solutions, due to historical, geographical, and regulatory similarities, benefit from a multi-disciplinary analysis of how the lessons learned can be applied elsewhere. This multi-disciplinary approach is an important provision provided by The Water Report, so that professionals in the different areas of the water world — be they engineers, attorneys, or regulators — can all understand the issues presented by other disciplines.

     The importance of water issues will only increase. A unique publication — The Water Report — will keep you informed about the latest successful negotiations, changing administrative policies, significant court cases, practical technological advances, and pertinent legislation relating to western water law and management. Each month, our major articles provide in-depth analyses by leading experts in the water field, while our "Water Briefs" keep you up-to-date and provide contacts for additional information.

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