Andrea P. Clark

Partner

Andrea Clark has a practice focused on 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), environmental permitting, 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.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter, Fellow, Class XXIII, 2019-2020
  • Capital Public Radio, Board Member, 2018-present; Planning Committee, 2017-2019; Chair 2019
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber, Board of Directors, 2017-present; Co-Chair, Water Resources Policy Committee
  • Center for Land-Based Learning, Board of Directors, 2007-2017; Chair 2015-2017
  • Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), State Legislative Committee, 2018-present
  • American Bar Association, Water Resources Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2018
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law & Public Law Sections, 2006-2014; Chair 2013-2014
  • Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board, 2010-2015
  • Western Water Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board, 2010-2015
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment
  • Floodplain Management Association, Member

Honors & Rankings

  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources, State, Local & Municipal, 2015-2019
  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2018
  • Goddard Award for Outstanding Article in Floodplain Management, Floodplain Management Association, 2016
  • 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.

Press Releases

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Speaking Engagements / Events

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  • September 5, 2019
    Floodplain Management and Endangered Species
    Panelist, Floodplain Management Association's 2019 Annual Conference
  • September 3-6, 2019
    Fundamentals of Flood Management Law and Liability
    Moderator/Panelist, Floodplain Management Association's 2019 Annual Conference
  • September 4-7, 2018
    Water Resource Infrastructure Financing Under the Trump Administration
    Moderator/Panelist, Floodplain Management Association's 2018 Annual Conference: Sustainability in the Face of Change
  • May 10, 2018
    Water Transfer and SGMA
    Moderator, ACWA 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition
  • January 20, 2018
    Utilization of Water Transfers to Recharge Groundwater Basins
    Moderator, 14th Annual California Water Law Symposium
  • January 18, 2018
    NFIP Reauthorization: Current Status and Key Issues
    Presenter, Floodplain Management Association Luncheon
  • December 8, 2017
    Navigating Floodplains and Flood Risk
    Co-Chair and Presenter, The Seminar Group
  • November 17, 2017
    Floodplain Development and Management in Northern California
    The Seminar Group
  • November 17, 2017
    NFIP and Environmental Compliance
    Presenter, The Seminar Group's Seminar on Floodplain Development and Management in Northern California
  • November 3, 2017
    AB 52 and a New Era in Tribal Engagement on Environmental Review and Regulation
    Panelist, California State Bar Environmental Law Section MCLE Conference
  • November 3, 2017
    Northcoast: Your Voice, Your Future – Rivers, Tribes, Cannabis and Environmental Change
    State Bar of California Environmental Law Section MCLE Conference
  • October 12, 2017
    Flood Control in Sacramento
    Presenter, California Real Estate Women, Sacramento Chapter
  • June 12-13, 2017
    California’s Water Law, Policy and Regulation: Coping with Drought, Floods and the New Federal Administration
    Argent Communications 32nd Annual California Water Law & Policy Conference
  • June 12, 2017
    A Local Perspective on Aging Flood Control Infrastructure
    Presenter, Argent Communications 32nd Annual California Water Law & Policy Conference
  • October 7, 2016
    Legal and Practical Considerations Regarding Cultural Resources and AB 52
    Presenter, League of California Cities Annual Conference
  • September 15, 2016
    Hydrology and the Law
    Law Seminars International
  • September 15, 2016
    The Transition from Drought to Too Much Water Too Fast: Weather Forecasts and Reservoir Management
    Presenter, Law Seminars International Hydrology and the Law Seminar
  • September 8, 2016
    The Federal Handle in Flood Control: Legal and Practical Considerations Regarding Cultural Resources
    Moderator & Panelist, Floodplain Management Association Annual Conference
  • August 16, 2016
    Water Rights in California
    Co-presenter, National Business Institute
  • May 25, 2016
    AB 52, Tribal Cultural Resources, and CEQA
    Moderator/Co-presenter, Bar Association of San Francisco Environmental Law Section
  • May 5, 2016
    Conduct and Ethics Training for Water Agency Officials: A Primer on AB 1234
    Co-presenter, ACWA 2016 Spring Conference & Exhibition
  • September 25, 2015
    Perspectives on Agriculture, Food & Water
    Co-Chair, Sacramento Metro Chamber 3rd Annual Symposium
  • September 10, 2015
    Flood Control and Cultural Resources: Legal and Regulatory Consideration
    Speaker, Floodplain Management Association 2015 Annual Conference, Indian Wells
  • June 4, 2015
    Water Markets and Water Transfers: Critical Water Management Strategies
    Presenter, ABA Annual Water Law Conference, Denver
  • January 29, 2015
    California Water Laws and Regulations Conference
    Flood Control in the Central Valley
  • September 2014
    Water Resources Reform and Development Act: Opportunities for Federal Engagement in Flood Control, Floodplain Management Association 2014 Annual Conference, Santa Clara
    Moderator
  • June 2014
    Ethics and Water: Hypotheticals for Water Resources Lawyers, American Bar Association Annual Water Law Conference, Las Vegas
    Presenter
  • March 2014
    CEQA and Cultural Resources: Current Issues, Sacramento Bar Association Environmental Section Luncheon
    Speaker
  • September 2013
    2012 NFIP Reform: Legal Implications for Public Entities, Floodplain Management Association
    2013 Annual Conference, Anaheim, Speaker
  • June 2013
    Water Lawyers and Ethics – Hypotheticals for Lawyers, American Bar Association Annual Water Law Conference (Las Vegas):
    Presenter
  • May 2013
    Flood Symposium, Phi Alpha Delta, Cal. State University, Sacramento
    Speaker
  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2013
    Association of California Water Agencies Ethics Training for Water Agency Officials: Ethics and Public Service Laws and Principles
    Speaker
  • October 2012
    Flood Liability for Water System Operators, Association of California Water Agencies: CLE for Water Professionals, Napa
    Speaker
  • September 2012
    Floodplain Management Association: Failure to Communicate: Legal Implications of Flood Risk Communication, 2012 Annual Conference, Sacramento, Moderator
  • April 19, 2012
    The Future of Floodplain Management in California: The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan
    Presenter, Argent Communications 27th Annual California Water Law & Policy Conference
  • September 2011
    Floodplain Management Association: Local Agency Financing for Flood Control Improvements: Compliance with Proposition 218, 2011 Annual Conference, San Diego
    Speaker
  • February 2011
    American Bar Association 29th Annual Water Law Conference (Feb 2011, San Diego), Climate Change and Floodplain Management: A New Perspective for Water Lawyers
    Moderator
  • September 2010
    Floodplain Management Association: Financing Flood Control Improvements: Recent Court Decisions Affecting Proposition 218 Assessments, 2010 Annual Conference, Henderson, NV
    Speaker
  • September 2009
    Floodplain Management Association: Financing Strategies and Proposition 218, 2009 Annual Conference, San Jose
    Speaker
  • December 2008
    Association of California Water Agencies: California Water Transfers – Vintage 2008 and Beyond, 2008 Fall Conference, Long Beach
    Moderator
  • May 2006
    Northern California Water Association and Downey Brand Ethics Training for Local Agency Officials: AB 1234: Laws Relating to Personal Financial Gain by Public Servants, Sacramento & Yuba City
    Speaker

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Andrea studied, lived and worked throughout Latin America, including in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina, and remains fluent in Spanish.


Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter, Fellow, Class XXIII, 2019-2020
  • Capital Public Radio, Board Member, 2018-present; Planning Committee, 2017-2019; Chair 2019
  • Sacramento Metro Chamber, Board of Directors, 2017-present; Co-Chair, Water Resources Policy Committee
  • Center for Land-Based Learning, Board of Directors, 2007-2017; Chair 2015-2017
  • Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), State Legislative Committee, 2018-present
  • American Bar Association, Water Resources Committee, Co-Chair, 2016-2018
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Environmental Law & Public Law Sections, 2006-2014; Chair 2013-2014
  • Eastern Water Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board, 2010-2015
  • Western Water Law and Policy Reporter, Editorial Board, 2010-2015
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment
  • Floodplain Management Association, Member

Honors & Rankings

  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources, State, Local & Municipal, 2015-2019
  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2018
  • Goddard Award for Outstanding Article in Floodplain Management, Floodplain Management Association, 2016