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Holly Doremus in the news:

How to create effective groundwater agencies

Michael Kiparsky and Holly Doremus write for News Deeply, June 8, 2016

Achieving groundwater sustainability is too important, and too challenging, to leave in the hands of haphazardly designed agencies.

California needs strong, fair and effective groundwater agencies

Holly Doremus and Michael Kiparsky write for The Fresno Bee, May 16, 2016

Groundwater provides about one-third to half of the state’s water supply and an essential lifeline when rivers run low during drought. Groundwater mismanagement is distressingly common; with lack of regulation and heavy pumping, overuse has destroyed infrastructure and put farms, communities and ecosystems at risk.

Even in drought, CA water rights politically toxic

Holly Doremus quoted in The Desert Sun, Oct. 5, 2015

“We have a surprisingly bad handle on how much water actually is used, by whom, at what point, and for what,” said Holly Doremus. … “There are surely unlawful diversions going on.”

Lawsuits over California water rights are a fight a century in the making

Holly Doremus quoted in Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2015

The board “is starting to say certain kinds of uses are unacceptable, even if you hold senior rights, at least under dry conditions,” Doremus said.

Waters in public trust—California ruling could change how wells are regulated

Holly Doremus quoted in Bloomberg BNA, March 26, 2015

In Mono Lake, the state supreme court ruled that water users could not divert water from non-navigable waterways flowing into the navigable lake, and in this case the court ruled that groundwater users cannot pump groundwater if doing so negatively affects the navigable Scott River,” she said. “It is the right decision on the law,” she added.

Drought spurs new court rulings, legislation governing state water rights

Holly Doremus quoted in Daily Journal (registration required), December 30, 2014

The case over the Scott River “will become important I think as pressure on groundwater increases as an outcome of the drought,” said Holly Doremus.


Holly Doremus interviewed by Radiolab, July 22, 2014

“There’s no place, no matter how remote we get, that hasn’t been affected by humans. You get to the North Pole, and it’s been affected by human activity. You can go to the depths of the impenetrable jungle, and it’s been affected by human activity…. We’re radically remaking the world, and the question is, ‘what’s our responsibility?’”

Red-blue split seen in wood-burning suit

Holly Doremus quoted in The Washington Times, October 9, 2013

“Obviously, states that are more committed to environmental protection are more likely to file suit against EPA saying, ‘You’re not doing enough,'” said Ms. Doremus, who also serves as the co-director of Berkeley’s environmental law program. “States are on both sides of pushing EPA to regulate more and pushing EPA to regulation less,” she said.

Who would kill a monk seal?

Holly Doremus quoted in The New York Times, May 8, 2013

As Holly Doremus, an environmental legal scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, writes, America has saved so much without ever asking “how much wild nature society needs, and how much society can accept.”

Boxer bill to speed projects riles critics

Holly Doremus quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2013(requires registration)

Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental law at UC Berkeley, said the Boxer provisions go too far.  “There’s a big difference between being able to stall a project forever and having environmental review so compressed and so within the control of the action agency that it might as well not happen,” Doremus said.

Farmers vs. cities in the war for water

Holly Doremus quoted in American Public Media, Marketplace, April 11, 2013

“The idea is that the people who were using the water first, they get the first call on the water that there is,” explains Holly Doremus, an environmental law professor at UC Berkeley.

Conservationists use triage to determine which species to save and not

Holly Doremus quoted in Scientific American, July 23, 2012 (subscription required)

“The environmental community was always unwilling to talk about triage,” says Holly Doremus, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “Even though they knew it was going on, they were unwilling to talk about it.”

Delta’s woes: No easy fix, report finds

Holly Doremus quoted in Contra Costa Times, March 29, 2012

Doremus noted the committee did not weigh in on plans to move water around the Delta. The committee wrote there are not enough details available for it to analyze…. “Diverters were hoping the report would point a finger at other stressors as more important, which it didn’t,” Doremus wrote.

Farmers gain ground in California water wars as bill passes House

Holly Doremus quoted in The Sacramento Bee, March 15, 2012

“It didn’t work,” said Holly Doremus, a UC Berkeley law professor and California water expert. “It’s widely regarded as a failure as a way to put in place balanced management of the Bay-Delta.”

Controversy over Calif. oyster farm becomes a battle of the form letters

Holly Doremus quoted in Environment & Energy News, March 9, 2012

“There are sort of two separate games going on―there’s the legal game and the political game,” Doremus said. “The fact that [NPS] may be playing a political game that fans of the farm may think is hard doesn’t mean anything is legally wrong with the NEPA process.”

U.S. House approves bill that would remake California water law

Holly Doremus quoted in Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2012

“Part of what it tries to do is turn back time,” said UC Berkeley law professor Holly Doremus. “It’s a remarkable overreach. It tries to give the irrigators everything. They threw all of the wish list in here.”

GHG rule ‘tailored’ to suit administration, says industry

Holly Doremus quoted in Environment & Energy News, March 1, 2012

“It is a big challenge for EPA,” said Doremus. “It is absolutely clear that they’re rejecting specific words of statute.”

The legal odyssey to curb greenhouse gases opens a new chapter on a warm February day

Holly Doremus quoted in Environment & Energy News, February 29, 2012

“The Bush administration did nothing,” agreed Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. “The Obama administration EPA started exploring what they must and could do under the Clean Air Act.”

Holly Doremus Supports Judge’s NEPA Opinion

Environment & Energy News, February 3, 2012 by Lawrence Hurley

“As Fletcher writes, it has long been the rule that agencies must evaluate the environmental consequences of their actions when it is reasonably possible to do so.”

Holly Doremus Explains Preemption Dilemma in Air Pollution Case

Daily Journal, December 28, 2011 by Fiona Smith (registration required)

“The [Supreme] Court doesn’t seem to have come out with any clear doctrine, especially on when and to what extent they should presume state legislation is valid and to what extent they should put their thumb on the scales on behalf of the states,” Doremus said.