HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Raymond L. Carlson and 4 more

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Recording Location: Fresno, CA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14877

Product Number: 17 CAWLAWSR 11 8 CDMN MB

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:00 pm

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage
L. Smith, C. Tristao

   History of water rights in the Unites States
   Development of the common law of water rights in California
   Statutory and regulatory scheme for state water rights
   Impact of federal law of state water rights
   Federal, state and local regulators
   Comprehensive water planning
   Recent developments in water rights
   Effects of the drought: Registration of pre-1914 rights
   Surface water diversions: Groundwater Act

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations
L. Smith, C. Tristao

   Development of water quality law in California
      • Common law
      • Porter Cologne Act
            Waste discharge requirements for agriculture, food processing and wineries
   State Water Resources and Regional Water Quality Control Boards
      • Non degradation policy and sources of drinking water policy
      • Basin plans
            Current developments with basin amendments
            C.V. Salts
   Other relevant laws
   Overlap of federal and state law
      • Federal Clean Water Act and RCRA
      • State Water Board enforcement policy
      • Administrative civil liability complaints
            Hearings before the boards
   Recent developments
   Storm water regulations
   Drinking water regulations
      • Public water supplies and wells
   Proposition 65

Understanding California Groundwater Rights
R. Masuda

   Know your department of water resources groundwater basin or subbasin designation, its boundaries, and classification
   Types of groundwater rights
   Groundwater rights priorities
   How groundwater rights are determined
   Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and your groundwater rights
   Groundwater credits for using surface water in-lieu of pumping groundwater

Understanding California Surface Water Rights
R. Carlson

   Ownership of surface water
   Regulation of surface water rights
   Obtaining surface water rights
   Application and permitting process
   Amending surface water rights
   Current issues in surface water rights

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation
J. Kinsey

   Ethical issues in water use
   Ethical issues in development
   Ethical issues in water transactions


Raymond L. Carlson

Griswold, LaSalle, Cobb, Dowd & Gin, LLP, Hanford
Throughout his career, Mr. Carlson has worked on water rights, and water-related matters of all kinds, including water quality, water entity governance, and water-related environmental issues. He also practices in the areas of farmer cooperatives, business litigation, administrative law, and estate planning and probate. Mr. Carlson received his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall in 1987.

John P. Kinsey

Wanger Jones Helsley, PC, Fresno
Mr. Kinsey is a shareholder of the law firm of Wanger Jones Helsley PC. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Mr. Kinsey performed litigation and trial work at a national law firm in San Francisco. Mr. Kinsey’s practice focuses on all aspects of land use and environmental law, including litigation, counseling, and regulatory services. His practice also includes civil litigation in both state and federal courts, including complex real estate, business, and environmental matters. He also has experience in water law, federal Indian law, and public agency representation.

Roger K. Masuda

Griffith & Masuda, PLC, Turlock

Mr. Masuda has 40 years of California water and public law experience. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and from UC Davis Law School, he served four years as an Army JAG attorney. Griffith & Masuda is general counsel to six water agencies and special counsel to two water agencies located in seven counties (Butte, Calaveras, Merced, Monterey, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne). The firm is also general counsel to two electric generation joint powers agencies and to a mosquito abatement district. The firm advises clients on implementing the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, including the formation and funding of groundwater sustainability agencies. Mr. Masuda farmed almonds and raisins in Merced County, conjunctively using surface water and groundwater.

Lee N. Smith

Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, Fresno

Mr. Smith is a partner in the litigation department of the Coleman & Horowitt’s Fresno and Sacramento offices, and is heading the firm’s Environmental Department, where he provides representation to clients in the areas of environmental law compliance and litigation, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), land use, Proposition 65, and water law and litigation in the Central Valley. His experience includes air quality and hazardous materials compliance, food safety, and water quality at both the federal and state levels. Mr. Smith has handled cases involving the EPA, Cal-EPA, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, CalRecycle, the San Joaquin Unified Air Pollution Control District and other environmental agencies. He has also been involved in federal litigation involving the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as well as state court litigation concerning pesticide contamination, CEQA and Proposition 65.

Craig A. Tristao

Coleman & Horowitt, LLP, Fresno
Mr. Tristao is an associate in the litigation department of Coleman & Horowitt ‘s Fresno and Sacramento offices where he provides representation to clients in litigation matters involving agricultural law, environmental law, construction law, land use and natural resource law, water law, and eminent domain matters that involve the California High Speed Rail Authority. He also assists clients with regulatory compliance issues concerning the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Porter-Cologne Act, and the Clean Air Act (CAA). In addition to litigation, Mr. Tristao also represents clients before the Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the State Water Resources Control Board, air districts, and the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). He has represented clients in state and federal court litigation and arbitrations involving custom farming agreements, breach of contractual obligations, construction defects, the California Environment Quality Act (CEQA), the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) and note issuance and security agreements (NISAs). Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Tristao was engaged in research regarding agricultural operations and air quality, and he consulted on compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).