Holly Doremus quoted by The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 16, 2016
“There’s not much reason to be optimistic,” said Holly Doremus, a professor of environmental law at UC Berkeley. “The people he is talking to most, I would say, are a scary bunch from an environmental policy angle.”
Holly Doremus quoted by The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 12, 2016
“It remains to be seen the extent to which (California law) gets swept by the wayside,” said Holly Doremus, an expert on water law at UC Berkeley. “I think it will lead to litigation over these kinds of issues.”
Holly Doremus quoted by Los Angeles Times, Dec. 9, 2016
Supporters may say it doesn’t change the Endangered Species Act, but “I think that’s probably not exactly true when they’re this prescriptive. It probably is going to override” the act’s rules, said Holly Doremus. … Doremus said other parts of the new policy were contradictory and could spawn a barrage of lawsuits. “It is awfully messy. There will be a lot of litigation,” she predicted.
Holly Doremus quoted by California Magazine, Nov. 21, 2016
“I don’t think the U.S. Congress can determine what does and does not satisfy state law,” Doremus says. “But there are other ways around it. If they make the case that state law conflicts with federal law, [a Republican Congress] could get their way [i.e., less water for the Delta and more for western San Joaquin Valley irrigators].
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.