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March 7, 2022  |  Written by Somach Simmons & Dunn

Firm News: Stuart Somach Recognized by NCWA with 2022 Will S. Green Award for Lifetime Achievement

Somach Simmons & Dunn is pleased to announce that Stuart Somach has been recognized by the Northern California Water Association (“NCWA”) as its 2022 recipient of the Will S. Green Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has devoted their life to the promotion and advancement of irrigation and regional sustainability in the Sacramento Valley.

Read more about this recognition and view previous recipients. [PDF courtesy of NCWA]

In a video tribute during NCWA’s 30th annual meeting on March 4, 2022, friends and colleagues share their experiences working with Stuart and reflect on his impact across the Northern California water community.

“Stuart has a unique talent for seeing the creative way forward to resolving complex water challenges,” said Theresa Barfield, managing shareholder. “He is a devoted and intuitive leader to the clients and communities he serves, an inspiration to colleagues, and a mentor molding younger generations into future leaders.”

NCWA is comprised of water districts, water companies, small towns, rural communities, and landowners that beneficially use both surface and groundwater resources in the Sacramento Valley. The NCWA Board brings the water leaders in the region together to safeguard the region’s water rights and supplies by working with Congress, the State Legislature, state and federal agencies, and various stakeholders throughout the state.

Somach Simmons & Dunn attorneys have served clients in the Sacramento Valley for more than 30 years. The firm is proud to have represented NCWA itself over these years on a variety of legal matters that affect NCWA’s members, and to directly represent numerous NCWA members as general counsel or as special counsel on water and other natural resource law matters.

Somach Simmons & Dunn is one of the largest boutique water law firms in the West, with offices in California, Colorado and the District of Columbia. The firm’s 24 attorneys represent public and private sector clients across a range of water, air, and land disciplines, including litigation, transactional and public policy matters. Learn more at

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