Environmental and Natural Resources Law

We help you work with environmental regulations to make your project a success. Our environmental law practice includes unique expertise in water, climate change and energy projects.

Environmental laws reflect a value important to Kronick’s clients — good stewardship of the environment and sensitivity to environmental needs. California is blessed with stunning natural resources, as well as a growing population and a vigorous economy. California’s legislators and regulatory agencies are active in adopting laws and regulations intended to protect the environment while also allowing for economic activity and growth, but with mixed success. The laws and the agencies responsible for administering them can sometimes present a dense and seemingly arbitrary thicket of regulations burdening even projects with significant environmental benefits. Kronick attorneys have decades of experience working with clients and technical consultants to develop and implement strategies that enable clients to meet environmental laws, as well as successfully complete a project.

One increasingly significant requirement for our clients is environmental review under CEQA or NEPA. Through our representation of public agency clients, as well as private clients involved in projects requiring agency approvals, Kronick attorneys have considerable experience ensuring that review documents meet the requirements of law. Another area of major importance to our clients is regulation of the use of their lands, including wetlands and gravel extraction regulations. For clients who own, or may be acquiring, properties with a history of industrial use, remedying the consequences of past disposal practices and limiting exposure to liability remain a concern. Kronick attorneys regularly represent clients in such matters before environmental regulatory agencies, with a focus on helping clients comply with these requirements while achieving their objectives.

While we strive to help our clients avoid litigation through careful planning and positions well grounded in the facts and the law, sometimes litigation is forced upon them by others, or they must initiate litigation to protect their interests. In those situations, Kronick attorneys bring extensive experience in environmental litigation in the state and federal courts, whether in defending or challenging regulatory agency decisions, or seeking cost recovery for clean up of contaminated property.

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    Speaking Engagements

    07.27.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Sustainable Groundwater Planning in California

    DATE:

    July 26-27, 2018

     

    LOCATION:

    Sacramento, CA

    Organized By:

    Law Seminars International (LSI)

    Program Overview:

    Kronick attorneys Scott Morris, Jonathan Christy and Holly Roberson will present at the Sustainable Groundwater Planning conference in Sacramento on July 26-27.

    Scott will provide opening remarks as Program Co-Chair and participate in a panel discussion about “Cross-Boundary Flows and Basin Coordination” discussing the legal issues around coordination challenges and issues (a) within a groundwater basin, (b) with adjacent basins, and (c) when an adjacent basin is on the critical list and yours is not; essential terms for coordinating agreements.

    Jonathan’s presentation will discuss financing options and strategies for GSA/GSP and what GSP developers and stakeholders need to know about constraints and viable pathways.

    Holly’s panel will discuss legal parameters for working with Tribes as sovereigns, including requirements for Tribal consultation.

    Registration:

    Please visit the event website for more information and to register.

    06.12.2018

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Growing “Green” in California: Cannabis, Water Supply and Water Quality Concerns

    DATE:

    June 11-12

    LOCATION:

    Omni Hotel, San Francisco

     

    ORGANIZED BY:

    Argent Communications

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

    Kronick is pleased to again sponsor the annual California Water Law & Policy conference on June 11-12, 2018 in San Francisco. Shareholder Hanspeter Walter will participate in a panel discussion about Cannabis, Water Supply and Water Quality Concerns. Kronick can offer friends of the firm a $100 discount off the regular tuition pricing upon entering the code: “Friend of Kronick Moskovitz” when registering here.

    REGISTRATION:

    Please visit the event website for more information.