Water Law

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are at the top of every environmental regulator’s list in 2024 and already this year the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken key steps toward regulating PFAS as hazardous substances. On April 19, 2024, EPA announced that it finalized its rulemaking designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and per-fluorooctanesulfonic acid

The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) recently issued a revised draft State Policy for Water Quality Control for Standardized Cost Reporting in Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permits (the Policy). If adopted, this Policy would require permittees subject to MS4 permits to use a list of standardized cost categories to

White House Issues Dire Warning Regarding Drinking Water Supply and Wastewater System CyberattacksThe Biden-Harris Administration is redoubling its efforts to improve cybersecurity for the nation’s water systems. In March, the EPA and the White House issued a dire warning to state governors alerting them of the need to protect water and wastewater systems from ongoing

There was a long list of water-related bills that were passed during the 2024 session of the Utah Legislature. Below are bills summaries (drafted by the water attorneys at Smith Hartvigsen) about these bills that passed.HB 11 (2nd Substitute) – Water Efficient Landscaping
Requirements
Rep. Doug Owens

House Bill 11 (2nd Substitute) mandates that

There were a number of water-related bills that were considered during the 2024 legislative session that were ultimately not passed. Below are bill summaries (drafted by the water attorneys at Smith Hartvigsen) about these bills that did not pass.HB 230 – State Agency Application Review RequirementsRep. Thomas W. Peterson

House Bill 230 sought

State Water Board Updates the “Make Conservation a California Way of Life” Framework, but are the Changes Enough?On March 12, 2024, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) announced updates to the “Make Conservation a California Way of Life” framework that is based on SB 606 and AB 1668 from 2018. The changes