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Presenter: Philip S. Haag and 2 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: San Antonio, TX

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13882

Product Number: 16H TXWLAWSR 2 24 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 - 5:30 pm

Texas Water Law Overview          R. Johnson

   Groundwater regulation

      • Groundwater Conservation Districts

      • Exemptions from permitting

   Surface water

      • Regulation by TCEQ

      • Exemptions

   Diffused surface water

Water Marketing and Water Transactions         R. Johnson

   Major variables affecting water transactions

   Surface water market framework

   Groundwater market framework

   How much is water worth

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation        R. Johnson, M. Johnson

   Who is the client


   Conflicts of interest

   Issue conflicts

Issues Related to Water and Sewer Utility Regulation          P. Haag

   Why and when certificates of convenience and necessity (CCN) are needed for utilities

   Legislative adjustments of CCN property rights

   Impact fees: You get what you pay for – maybe

   Sales and transfers of utilities and CCNs

Developments in Water Law          R. Johnson, M. Johnson

   Groundwater regulation/takings claims

   Expanding groundwater district jurisdiction

   Application of oil and gas law to groundwater

   Surface water curtailment

   Application of the Endangered Species Act to water use

Complying with Storm Water Quality Protection and Application          M. Johnson
of Clean Water Act to Construction and Development Activities

   State and federal water quality regulations

   Storm water regulations

   Discharge permits

   Industrial and agricultural program

   Public water supply

   Water wells

Water Use for Oil and Gas and Recycling/Reuse of Frac Water        R. Johnson

   Source of water

   Alternatives and recycling

Panel Discussion, Questions and Answers          Faculty Panel


Philip S. Haag

Partner with McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. in Austin
Mr. Haag concentrates his practice on a wide range of water and wastewater utility service and entitlement matters. He represents various utilities (water districts, water supply corporations and the like) that provide water and wastewater service and developers seeking water and wastewater service from utilities. Mr. Haag also represents commercial, industrial and municipal clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in environmental permitting and enforcement actions. He handles all variants of water and wastewater utility matters including surface water and groundwater permitting, water rate proceedings, water supply contracts and the acquisition of water and wastewater service for development. Mr. Haag is also a trained mediator who uses those skills on a routine basis. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Environmental Law – Water Rights since 2006.

Morgan J. Johnson

Attorney with McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. in Austin
Ms. Johnson handles a broad practice of administrative law with a focus on water, environmental, and energy matters. Prior to joining the firm she worked as an attorney for the Executive and Legislative Division of the Texas Governor’s Legislative Office. In the office of the governor, Ms. Johnson analyzed and researched legislation concerning water issues and provided summaries on legislation covering state and local issues. In addition, she conducted state budget research. Ms. Johnson received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from South Texas College of Law.

Russell Johnson

McGinnis Lochridge, Austin, TX

Mr. Johnson has a multifaceted water law practice, with an emphasis on matters involving land use, water rights and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). His clients are generally landowners, industries, mineral owners and developers seeking to acquire, safeguard, develop or convey water resources. Mr. Johnson advocates on their behalf before the courts, the Texas Legislature and administrative agencies. Over the years, Mr. Johnson has participated extensively in legislation related to groundwater management. Prior to joining the firm, he represented a large municipal water system in a variety of matters, including legislative efforts to create the Edwards Aquifer Authority, efforts to modernize Texas water law with Senate Bill 1 (1997) and Senate Bill 2 (2001) and subsequent legislation related to groundwater management. He continues these efforts at each legislative session. He is a board member of the Center for Water Law and Policy at Texas Tech University School of Law, as well as an adjunct professor at Texas State University teaching water policy.