The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of the preeminent environmental laws in California. CEQA requires thorough environmental review, often including an environmental impact report (EIR), before government entities such as cities or state agencies may approve projects. Public participation is a critical part of the CEQA process,

photo courtesy of Save our Forests and Ranchlands
Corte Madera Ranch,
San Diego County

and agencies are required to respond to public comments on EIRs. The law also provides for judicial review to enforce the requirements of CEQA after a project has been approved. The federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) imposes similar requirements on federal agencies.

SMW has one of the leading CEQA practices in California. The firm represents public agencies and community and environmental organizations seeking to ensure compliance with CEQA and NEPA. We advise on all aspects of the CEQA process, and have extensive experience with CEQA and NEPA litigation. For more information about the firm’s CEQA and NEPA practice, click on one of the links below.

CEQA Advice

CEQA/NEPA Litigation