June 4 - Health & Environment
Speaker: Andre Monette
Andre Monette works with both public and private clients in matters involving water quality, water rights, wetlands, and state and federal hazardous and solid waste issues. He is a member of the Environmental & Natural Resources practice group in BB&K's Washington, D.C. office. Andre works extensively with water districts, cities, counties and school districts on matters involving the Federal Clean Water Act and its state law analogues.
Andre's practice has included:
- Representing multiple clients in Clean Water Act cases as Amicus before the United States Supreme Court in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (2012), Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2012)and Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2014)
- Testifying before the United States Senate on storm water runoff and the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act
- Assisting with the implementation of pretreatment standards in compliance with Clean Water Act Regulations
- Litigating complex water rights disputes involving groundwater formations and surface streams across California
- Defending clients in enforcement actions brought by state and federal authorities for violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations
- Participation in the development and subsequent challenge of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) applicable to wastewater treatment facilities, municipalities, and other dischargers
- Assisting in the development and use of recycled water, including ownership issues, in compliance with California and Federal law
A major area of focus for Andre's practice is the intersection of the water quality and water supply regulation. Federal and state laws across the nation divide water quality and water supply regulations into separate categories that often do not intersect and can preclude efficient use of the supply. Andre's practice focuses on areas of overlap where acute knowledge of multiple regulatory schemes is required including: groundwater recharge projects, indirect potable reuse projects, large scale recycled water projects, effluent limitation compliance where source water constituents impact discharge levels, and water quality trading programs.
Andre received his bachelor's degree of science in geology, with an emphasis in marine geology and a minor in political science, from San Diego State University. He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. While in law school, Andre was a member of the Case Western Reserve School of Law ABA Moot Court Team. His law school honors include the Class of 1940 Scholarship, the 2005 Adelstein Environmental Law Award -
"Outstanding Note," the 2004 Saul S. Biskind Public Interest Law Fellowship and the California Bar Association Wiley W. Manual Pro Bono Service Award.