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Welles Discusses California Water Wars on KQED.com

February 23, 2018

O’Melveny’s Heather Welles was quoted in a February 23, 2018, article on KQED.com about the debate over the California Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to restrict water use, which critics say represents a breach of the board’s authority.

“As a general matter, if the board is going to take action that limits specific water rights, it would have to engage in a process that would give water rights holders the ability to dispute the grounds,” Welles told KQED. “Here, the proposed regulations incorporate a process by which if the board is actually issuing a notice or penalty, then the water user may request a hearing before the board and, of course, seek judicial review.”

Welles is an LA-based associate who represents clients in complex litigation and transactions, and provides regulatory and strategic advice, with a particular focus on water, land use, and public policy issues. She works with a variety of clients, including private firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.