Public entities, farmers, food processors, industrial operators, and individuals who use the firm’s water quality group get strong advocates who can navigate the clean water permitting, compliance, and dispute resolution process like few other firms. Somach Simmons & Dunn represents clients before all nine of California’s regional water quality control boards and the State Water Resources Control Board. Our water quality work has also extended to Oregon and Nevada.
Our services include NPDES permit renewals, compliance with state-issued waste discharge requirements, defending landowners, companies, and agencies in enforcement actions brought by the state, representing clients in state and federal court on water quality issues, and defending entities that are the subject of third party citizen suits.
The firm’s attorneys play an integral role in developing policy and regulations by being a part of the rulemaking refinement process to incorporate practical interpretations to new regulations. We have played an integral role on water quality issues relating to the Total Maximum Daily Loads, Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Central Valley efforts to develop a comprehensive plan for salt on nitrate, and determining the impact new requirements will have on agriculture, water treatment plants, municipal stormwater agencies, and others.