Articles by: Peter J. Kiel

Proposed Regulations for the Appellations of Origin for Cannabis

Background of Establishment of Appellations for Cannabis in California The California Department of Food and Agriculture (“CDFA”) describes an appellation of origin as a protected designation that identifies the geographical origin of cannabis and how that cannabis was produced.  Business and Professions Code Section 26063(3) requires that by January 1, 2021, CDFA develop a process […]

Updated Groundwater Basin Priorities May Bring Regulation to North Bay Wine Counties

The 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires every groundwater basin in California ranked medium and high priority to be managed by one of more Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) pursuant to an adopted Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) or alternative plan.  The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) issued the initial groundwater basin prioritization in 2014.  […]

Napa River and Sonoma Creek Vineyard General Permit

In July 2017, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted waste discharge requirements (a “General Permit”) to regulate vineyards parcels of 5 acres or more in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds to monitor vineyard sediment, pesticide and nutrient discharges. General enrollment is due by July 31, 2018. The Regional board […]