Environmental Law & Policy Alerts – Updates from Somach Simmons & Dunn

January 23, 2019

Five Things to Know About How the Partial Federal Government Shutdown May Affect Western Water and Resource Issues

The ongoing partial government shutdown, the longest in the history of the United States, is now in its fifth week.  In all, nine federal departments and agencies have had to close or greatly limit operations.  The agencies affected include Agriculture, Interior, Commerce, Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.  The partial shutdown requires furlough or work without pay for all but essential (“excepted”) employees in the affected departments.  According to most media reports, over 800,000 federal workers are presently furloughed or working without pay.  The partial shutdown has affected federal government activities relating to western water issues in several federal agencies and will continue to do so until the political issues are resolved.  The following is a list of five key areas of interest to the water community…. Read More

Written by Richard S. Deitchman