Andrea P. Clark

Andrea P. Clark

Partner

Andrea P. Clark

Partner

Andrea Clark specializes in water rights and flood control, serving as general counsel to a variety of public agencies from local reclamation districts and water districts to regional joint powers authorities.

Public agencies in the water and flood control fields rely on Andrea for her ability to explain in understandable terms the wide range of issues impacting them, including basic transparency laws (Brown Act and Public Records Act), public bidding and contracting, bond financing, the unique nature of joint powers authorities, and elections. She also regularly counsels clients on water transfers, Proposition 218 compliance, the California Environmental Quality Act, cultural resources, the National Environmental Policy Act, and financing strategies for major capital improvement projects.

With a special expertise in flood control and floodplain management, Andrea is regularly asked to speak on topics ranging from flood insurance to climate change and the future of flood control policy in California. Through her representation of clients in state flood policy and speaking engagements, she has forged strong relationships with key members of the flood control community in California.

Andrea also counsels private clients, including landowners and mutual water companies, on water supply matters, including proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board, water rights determinations, and contractual disputes with Federal agencies.

Experience

  • Since 2008, served as associate general counsel to the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency, which has embarked on a $300 million levee rehabilitation project in Sutter and Butte Counties. Manages environmental permitting, bond financing, construction contracting, consultant contracting, human resources policies, conflicts of interest, state and Federal government relations (including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Aviation Administration) and open meeting and public record disclosure compliance.
  • Since 2009, served as associate general counsel to the Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority, a joint powers authority in Yuba County that has implemented over $400 million in levee improvement projects. Routinely covers board meetings, manages the legal aspects of large and complicated levee construction/improvement projects, and participates on TRLIA’s behalf in state flood control planning processes.
  • Serves as general counsel to the Ross Valley Sanitary District.
  • Serves as general counsel to reclamation districts in both the Sacramento Valley and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, counseling on issues ranging from operation and maintenance to regional flood control planning.
  • Represents public and private water entities in the Sacramento Valley participating in water transfers. This involves negotiating a purchase agreement (with south-of-Delta purchasers and others), State Water Resources Control Board permitting, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation approvals, and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Represents a private landowner in connection with a claim before the Federal Civilian Board of Contract Appeals against the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Assisted in representing the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District in a significant water rights proceeding before the State Water Resources Control Board for a water right permit on the Santa Ana River in Southern California. Focused on CEQA compliance and the board hearing itself, which was coordinated with multiple other water rights applications on the Santa Ana River and ended with an important water right permit.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Land-Based Learning, Board Member since 2007
  • Co-Chair, Sacramento Metro Chamber Food & Agriculture Policy Committee
  • Membership Vice-Chair, Water Resources Committee, American Bar Association, 2011 – present
  • Past Chair, Environmental Law Section, Sacramento County Bar Association, Committee member from 2006 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter, 2010 – present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Western Water Law and Policy Reporter, 2010 – present
  • Member, Floodplain Management Association
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association

Honors And Rankings

  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Environmental, 2016
  • Goddard Award for Outstanding Article in Floodplain Management, Floodplain Management Association, 2016

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