Speaking Engagement:

2013 Environmental Law Conference | Wastewater Discharges in the Bay-Delta: A New Front in California's Water Wars?

Event Information


Sunday, October 27, 2013


9:15 a.m.


Tenaya Lodge
Yosemite, CA


Sponsored By:

The State Bar of California Environmental Law Section
2013 Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite (October 24-27, 2013)


Eric N. Robinson
Theresa A. Dunham, Somach Simmons & Dunn
Michael Lauffer, State Water Resources Control Board


Tina Cannon Leahy, Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee

Presentation Overview:

On December 4, 2012, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District to comply with stringent new wastewater treatment levels for its discharges into the Sacramento River that may require a $2 billion treatment plant upgrade to implement. With major water exports to the Central Valley and Southern California occurring downstream of the District’s outfall, participants in the proceeding clashed repeatedly over whether the measures were overboard or simply overdue. Speakers representing three diverse viewpoints—regulator, discharger and export water users—will highlight key legal and policy issues as they present their perspectives on the application of the federal Clean Water Act and state Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act to the project and the role of this decision in the overall Delta debate.

For more information about the Conference, please visit the State Bar's website.