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Energy & Utilities

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Water Quality

Allen Matkins' water quality practice encompasses a broad spectrum, from industrial pre-treatment compliance to regional stormwater permits that apply to hundreds of discharges and numerous jurisdictions. Areas of our water quality practice include point source and jurisdiction-wide permitting, Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification, Clean Water Act section 404 dredge and fill permits (wetlands permits), Total Maximum Daily Load issues, Water Quality Control Plan Triennial Review, Basin Plan updates and revision of water quality standards, watershed-based programs/regional Best Management Practices, and construction- and post-construction-phase water quality compliance. We have experience in all facets of traditional point source regulation (industrial, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and Publicly Owned Treatment Works), as well as what historically was considered non-point source runoff (urban and agricultural runoff and storm water).

Our practitioners defend clients in penalty actions, administrative enforcement proceedings and citizen suits under the Clean Water Act, including major cases for the industrial sector and home building industries; and represent clients in numerous permit proceedings.

Our clients include public and private entities engaged in the development and/or operation of industrial, commercial, recreational, agricultural, energy and residential projects, water and wastewater utilities, irrigation districts, marinas, and port districts. We represent clients in negotiations with and adversarial proceedings before the many federal, state and local agencies that have jurisdiction over water quality.