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Presenter: Rachel Graham and 5 more

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Recording Location: Madison, WI

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13712

Product Number: 15H WIWLAWSR 10 28 CDMN

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 5:00 pm

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage            E. Wheeler

   Development of the common law of water rights

   Statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights

   Federal, state and local regulators

   Development of the law on water quality preservation

   Comprehensive water planning

State and Regional Water Management and Planning             D. Strifling

   Surface water resources

   Groundwater resources

   Regional water planning

   Interstate water compacts

   Resolution of interstate water disputes

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations             V. Wishart

   State and federal water quality regulations

   Stormwater regulationsSewerage regulations

   Industrial and agricultural programs

   Public water supply

   Water wells

Understanding Wisconsin Groundwater Rights             E. Wheeler

   Ownership of groundwater

   Regulation of groundwater rights

   Obtaining groundwater rights

   Application and permitting process

   Groundwater quality

   Current issues in groundwater rights

Agriculture and Non-Metallic Mining: Potential Water Supply and Quality Issues             J. Parra

   Water use in agriculture and non-metallic mining

   Water need, supply options and challenges

   Potential water quantity and quality risks to groundwater and surface water

   Recent case law

Wastewater Permitting Process and Legal Challenges             R. Graham

   What are WPDES permits and who needs them

   Process for applying for permits with Wisconsin DNR

   Legal challenges to wastewater permits – who can file lawsuits and how

   Upcoming issues in the wastewater permitting process

Native American Water Rights             G. Reynolds

   Treaty rights to reservation water quality and quantity

   Inherent sovereign authority over reservation waters

   Delegated federal regulatory authority to tribes

      • The Clean Water Act

      • Treatment as a state

      • Water quality standards

      • Implications for upstream discharge permits

      • The Safe Drinking Water Act

   Tribal/ state conflicts over water use and regulation


Rachel Graham

Quarles & Brady LLP, Madison
Ms. Graham is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. She handles many types of litigation, including administrative and judicial challenges to wastewater permits issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Ms. Graham previously served for four years as a law clerk for Justice Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Jimmy Parra, Midwest Environmental Advocates

Mr. Parra has been a staff attorney at Midwest Environmental Advocates since March 2013. He has represented individuals, community groups and environmental organizations in administrative and civil litigation involving public rights in the environment, with a particular emphasis on water issues. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Middlebury College and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Glenn C. Reynolds

For the last 37 years, Mr. Reynolds has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts and has specialized in bringing forensic science into the courtroom. He represented the Sokaogon Chippewa Community in its efforts to uphold its rights to establish non-degradation water quality standards for its reservation waters under the Clean Water Act and ultimately negotiated the Tribe’s purchase of the Nicolet Minerals Company in 2003, which permanently ended the threat of sulfide mining to the Wolf River Watershed.Mr. Reynolds published an article entitled “A Native American Water Ethic” which describes the role of an indigenous water ethic in establishing a long term, sustainable approach to protecting Wisconsin’s waters. He holds J.D. and M.S. degrees in Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin.

David A. Strifling

Mr. Strifling is the director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative at Marquette University Law School. Prior to joining Marquette, Mr. Strifling was in private practice in the areas of environmental compliance and litigation. Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Strifling had five years of experience as a practicing civil and environmental engineer, with an emphasis in water supply management and wastewater conveyance/treatment. He remains a licensed Wisconsin professional engineer.

Elizabeth Wheeler

Ms. Wheeler has served as Clean Wisconsin’s senior staff attorney since March 2011. She is part of Clean Wisconsin’s litigation team and also performs legislative analysis, manages Clean Wisconsin’s legal internship and externship programs, and advocates for strong policies protecting Wisconsin’s natural resources. Ms. Wheeler is involved in work covering water conservation, water quality protection, metallic and non-metallic mining, air quality and energy. She holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology from Beloit College and a J.D. degree from Pace University School of Law.

Vanessa Wishart

Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, Madison
Ms. Wishart joined Stafford Rosenbaum as an associate attorney in June 2015. Her practice focuses primarily on water issues and includes representation of municipal wastewater treatment plants. Prior to joining Stafford, Ms. Wishart was a clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She holds a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an M.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.