Speaking Engagement:

AEP 2014 Conference | Show Me The Water!

Event Information


Tues. March 25, 2014


3:15 - 4:45 p.m.


Waterfront Beach Resort
Huntington Beach, CA

Sponsored By:

Association of Environmental Professionals - Orange County Chapter
(AEP State Conference, March 23-26, 2014)


Eric N. Robinson

Annona Dutton, VP of Water Resources Practice, Erler & Kalinowski


With the real estate economy recovering from the Great Recession, developers, cities and counties are starting to process applications for land-use
entitlements and undertake California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for new approvals or revisions to existing approvals. CEQA and California’s show-me-the-water laws—SB 610 and SB 221—set a high bar for land-use agencies to consider the adequacy of water supplies for new development project approvals or revisions to existing projects approved before the recession. Failure to adequately analyze water availability for development project approvals
is a leading reason that California courts invalidate CEQA documents.

As the economy recovers, demand for water supplies to serve growth will increase in the face of continuing, and perhaps increasing, uncertainty about the availability of existing and new water supplies to serve that growth—due to environmental regulations restricting the operation of existing water supply projects (e.g., Endangered Species Act regulation of the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project) and making it harder to develop new water supply
projects. That existing, and increasing, uncertainty makes it even harder to demonstrate adequate water supplies for development projects.

In 2007, the California Supreme issued a landmark decision confirming “principles of analytical adequacy” for analyzing water supply impacts for land development projects: Vineyard Area Citizens v. City of Rancho Cordova (2007) 40 Cal.4th 412. Since the Vineyard decision, appellate courts have issued no less than 15 new opinions applying Vineyard’s principles to decide the adequacy of water supply impact analyses in CEQA documents completed for
projects located all across the state. Understanding the lessons from this new body of post-Vineyard case law is essential for CEQA consultants, land-use planners, project developers and water supply agencies to ensure legally defensible project approvals.

The presenters will address California's show-me-the-water requirements from two separate but closely related perspectives.


For more information about the conference and to register, please visit AEP's website