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Water
Sacramento

David Cameron is a water resources attorney who advises and represents clients on water rights and environmental issues throughout California.

David’s practice is focused on securing and protecting water rights, the purchase and sale of water rights, compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), water banking, and related environmental and endangered species issues. His practice includes litigation in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board, public agency representation, as well as transactional water-related matters including due diligence. David enjoys tackling complex legal issues and providing practical solutions to clients, which include water districts, irrigation districts, cities, counties, and agricultural interests large and small.

Publications

Reclamation Releases Environmental Document for Repair of Friant-Kern Canal, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 30, Number 10 (July 2020)

Federal Circuit Determines CVP Restoration Fund Payments Must Be Proportionately Assessed to Water and Power Customers, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 30, Number 4 (January 2020)

Fishing Groups and Tribes Challenge Biological Opinion on Klamath Project Operations, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 29, Number 11 (August/September 2019)

State Water Board Sued on Grounds that its Approval of Amendments to the Bay-Delta Plan Insufficiently Protect Fishery, California Water Law & Policy Reporter (February 2019)

Petition filed to Adjudicate Water Rights to the Fresno River, California Water Law & Policy Reporter (November 2018)

President and Congress Approve $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill including $20 Billion for Water, California Water Law & Policy Reporter (April 2018)

Lawsuit Seeks to have California Waterways Identified as Hydrologically Impaired under the Clean Water Act, California Water Law & Policy Reporter (December 2017)

Preparing for Sustainable Groundwater Management: A Review of Groundwater Recharge, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 27, Number 6 (March 2017)

Governor Brown Approves Assembly Bill 2551, Which Broadens Public Contracting Options for Surface Water Storage Projects, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 27, Number 2 (November 2016)

Still Waiting for a Federal Response to the Drought: A Legislative Update, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 26, Number 8 (May 2016)

Does Every Drop Really Count? An Inconsistent Accounting of California’s Water Supply, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 26, Number 3 (December 2015)

Union of Concerned Scientists Proposes Best Practices to Achieve Goals of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 26, Number 2 (November 2015)

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan: An Impossible Task?, Environmental Law News, Vol. 24, No. 2 (November 2015)

A Federal Response to the Drought – Three Bills Pending in Congress, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 25, Number 11 (August/September 2015)

Environmental Groups File Suit Against San Francisco Challenging Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 25, Number 9 (June 2015)

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Finds No Significant Impact for Trap and Haul Operation in Conjunction with San Joaquin River Settlement Agreement, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 25, Number 7 (April 2015)

State Water Resources Control Board Partially Approves Temporary Changes to the State Water Project and Central Valley Project Water Rights Permits, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 25, Number 6 (March 2015)

Ninth Circuit Upholds Biological Opinion Regarding Impacts of Central Valley Project and State Water Project Operations on Salmonid Species, California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 25, Number 5 (February 2015)

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Presentations

Groundwater Rights: Management, Regulation, and Exercise, Presenter, Half Moon Education Seminar on California Water Laws, Regulations and Recent Developments (May 2018)

Temporary Permits and Groundwater Storage Projects, Co-presenter, Argent Communications 33rd Annual California Water Law & Policy Conference (June 2018)

Conduct and Ethics Training for Water Agency Officials: A Primer on AB 1234, Co-presenter, ACWA 2016 Fall Conference & Exhibition (December 2016)

Preparing for Sustainable Groundwater Management: Recharging Groundwater from a Water Rights Perspective, Presenter, CalCIMA 2016 Education Conference (November 2016)

Conduct and Ethics Training for Water Agency Officials: A Primer on AB 1234, Co-presenter, ACWA 2016 Spring Conference & Exhibition (May 2016)

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Honors

Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Environmental Litigation and Environmental Law (2014-2021)

Community Involvement

Water Education Foundation Water Leaders Fellowship, Class of 2021

Recognized by Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) for pro bono support provided to Butte County residents following 2018 Camp Fire

Professional Affiliations

Environmental Law Institute

Groundwater Resources Association

Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

California Lawyers Association, Environmental Law Section

Fresno County Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section

Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, Board of Directors (2012-2014)

California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Contributing Author

Academic Distinction

Order of the Coif

Traynor Honor Society

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Education

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2011)

B.A., University of California, Berkeley (2003)

Admissions And Courts

California

Sacramento

916-491-3008 Direct Phone
916-442-2348 Fax

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