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Presenter: Jeff C. Braegelmann and 5 more

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Recording Location: Eagan, MN

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13898

Product Number: 16H MNWLAWSR 2 23 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 6.5 hours in length and is available for $279 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 4:00 pm

Understanding Minnesota Surface Water Rights          S. Nyhus

   Ownership of surface water

   Regulation of surface water rights

   Obtaining surface water right

   Application and permitting process

   Amending surface water rights

   Current issues in surface water rights

Understanding Minnesota Groundwater Rights          J. Braegelmann

   Ownership of groundwater

   Regulation of groundwater rights

   Obtaining groundwater rights

   Application and permitting process

   Current issues in groundwater rights

Minnesota Specific Wetland Regulation under the Wetland Conservation Act          J. Kolb

   What is a wetland?

   How and why are wetlands protected?

   When are wetlands protected (jurisdiction)?

   How does one get approval to impact a wetland?

   What is mitigation and how does it work?

   When should one challenge an action related to wetlands?

   What are hot-button wetland issues?

Federal Wetland Protection under the Clean Water Act          K. Van Bruggen

   The Federal Water Pollution Control Act and amendments

   Determining jurisdiction

   New rule: Waters of the United States

   Preliminary and approved jurisdictional determinations

   Jurisdiction: Discharge of dredged or fill material

   Common types of Section 404 permits

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation          B. Davis

   Ethical issues in water use

   Ethical issues in development

   Ethical issues in water transactions

Agricultural Water Use        P. Gillitzer

   Water quality and agricultural runoff

   Irrigation, drainage

   Impact on surface water, groundwater


Jeff C. Braegelmann

Mr. Braegelmann focuses his practice on complex financing and commercial lending transactions, development of new businesses, restructuring of existing businesses, asset purchases and sales, and commercial litigation. Another significant focus of his practice is public drainage law and water disputes. Mr. Braegelmann is a frequent writer and speaker in the areas of commercial law, secured transactions, agriculture law and agricultural lending.

Brian H. Davis

Mr. Davis is an experienced environmental attorney, licensed to practice in Minnesota. His experience includes sustainable environmental law practice at 3M (22+ years), US Environmental Protection Agency and Ecolab, Inc., and he enjoys service as an expert witness. As adjunct associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School 1997 through 2013, Mr. Davis taught the Business/Environmental Law Seminar.

Peter Gillitzer

Mr. Gillitzer assists in the development of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. He received his B.S. degree in Natural Resources Management and Policy from University of Minnesota and his Master of Science degree in Applied Plant Science from University of Minnesota.

John Kolb

Mr. Kolb concentrates his practice in water law, environment and natural resources, agriculture, land use, and municipal law. He is active in several local, state, and national community service organizations and advisory boards. Mr. Kolb graduated from St. John’s University and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Kolb co-authored the chapter “Local-Scale Institutions: Lake Management Associations and Watershed Districts” in the recently published book, Water Policy in Minnesota: Issues, Incentives and Action.

Steven W. Nyhus

Mr. Nyhus has more than 15 years of experience in water quality and electric utility regulatory issues from a local government perspective, as well as land use and real property regulatory and transactional experience. He previously served as an associate and senior attorney at the law firm of Flaherty & Hood, P.A. Mr. Nyhus assisted municipal and industrial clients with the development of sewage treatment agreements, pollutant trading programs, and permit compliance matters as well as pursuing science-based environmental regulatory policy initiatives. He has also served as Minnesota regulatory counsel for a multi-state municipal power agency. Mr. Nyhus is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Public Utilities Law Section, and serves as a council member of the MSBA’s Environment, Natural Resources and Energy Law Section.

Kale R. Van Bruggen

Mr. Van Bruggen concentrates his practice in agricultural law, including farm program benefits; crop insurance disputes, farm leases and drainage law; environment and natural resources; water law and wetland regulation. He graduated magna cum laude from North Dakota State University with a degree in Business Administration. He received his law degree, with an emphasis on food and agriculture, from the Drake University Law School with highest honors and Order of the Coif. Mr. Van Bruggen serves on the MSBA Agricultural and Rural Law Section Council and as the Section’s Secretary.