Holly Doremus

Congress sends major California water policy to President Obama, despite Sen. Barbara boxer’s objections

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.

Fish gotta swim: But maybe not in the Delta

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].

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.

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.