Environmental Compliance

Government and private water resource projects are subject to an intricate, seemingly impenetrable thicket of environmental statutes, rules, regulations and permitting requirements. Since its founding, O’Laughlin & Paris, LLP has been helping its clients successfully navigate and comply with applicable environmental regulations to ensure projects withstand any legal challenge.

Environmental compliance is often dependent upon the ability to engage in problem solving, not just filling out the necessary forms. O’Laughlin & Paris LLP regularly works hand-in-hand with biologists, hydrologists, engineers and other consultants to ensure that all regulatory requirements are met from both a legal and technical standpoint, and also to make certain that unexpected issues are resolved creatively.  This provides streamlined and cost-effective solutions for our clients.

We deal extensively with regulatory agencies’ staff, and use our experience and knowledge to resolve problems at the staff level. Our ability to work closely and cooperatively with technical consultants and staff of the applicable regulatory agencies is a valuable asset that facilitates obtaining regulatory approval in a timely and economical fashion.


  • Prepare, coordinate and review of environmental impact statements, environmental impact reports and other documents designed to comply with the requirements of CEQA and NEPA.

  • Represent clients in dealings with both local and federal governments over alleged violations of local, state and federal water quality requirements.

  • Coordinate stakeholder processes consisting of federal, state and local regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over water and endangered species.

  • Review transactional documents and provide advice concerning the applicability of the ESA, NEPA, CEQA, CWA, and other applicable environmental regulations.

  • Represent clients seeking permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, California Reclamation Board, California Energy Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State Water Resources Control Board and other federal, state and local permitting authorities.

  • Represent clients in litigation regarding compliance with NEPA and CEQA.