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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 - 4:30 pm
Riparian Property Rights B. Peeples
Overview of riparian property rights
What is a riparian area?
Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations A. Silton
State and federal water quality regulations
Industrial and agricultural programs
Public water supply
Understanding Virginia Groundwater Rights J. Richardson
Ownership of groundwater
Regulation of groundwater rights
Obtaining groundwater rights
Application and permitting process
Current issues in groundwater rights
Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation J. Richardson
Ethical issues in water use
Ethical issues in development
Ethical issues in water transactions
Current Issues with the Clean Water Act J. Richardson
Waters of the United States
Groundwater as a conduit
Judicial deference to agency action
Water Utility Regulation J. Byrum
Types of water utilities
Regulation of utility service areas
Application and permitting process for service areas
Utility construction design standards and approvals
Current issues in utility service area regulation
Attorney at Woods Rogers
Mr. Byrum practices in the Administrative and Regulatory, Appellate, Business and Corporate, Litigation, and Environmental law groups, litigating cases for businesses and individuals in state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration proceedings. These include commercial contract, employment, and related actions as well as civil and criminal administrative enforcement proceedings. Mr. Byrum represents developers, financial institutions, public utilities, retailers, wholesalers and individuals in civil litigation and state and federal administrative proceedings. He has tried cases in circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth and before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and he has handled more than 100 appeals before the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Attorney at Pender & Coward
Mr. Peeples is a Pender & Coward, P.C., attorney focusing on waterfront (riparian) property rights. He comes to the practice of law after having retired from a 22-year career as a Naval officer. From a career spent at sea, he has developed a unique understanding of the maritime environment. Mr. Peeples has written articles on Virginia aquaculture law, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, the Virginia Primary Sand Dune and Beaches Act, and the Virginia Tidal Wetlands Act. He looks forward to helping Virginia clients who live, work and play on the water. Mr. Peeples can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor/Attorney at West Virginia University College of Law
Mr. Richardson is an associate professor and the lead land use attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Mr. Richardson was an associate professor at Virginia Tech. His research and experience focus on land use law and water law. He began his legal career in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Richardson presently serves on the board of directors of the American Agricultural Law Association and is the president-elect. Mr. Richardson previously served on the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. He was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach.
Attorney at Beveridge & Diamond
Mr. Silton’s practice focuses primarily on issues arising under the nation’s water quality laws and spans regulatory counseling, enforcement defense, and litigation. Located in Washington DC, he is currently the deputy chair of the firm’s Water Practice Group and represents clients from both the private and public sectors in matters arising under the Clean Water Act and state law. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Silton gained experience working for the government and tackling emerging issues relating to adaptation to climate change. Immediately after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, he served as a special law clerk at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Philadelphia, where he prepared cost recovery and enforcement actions under CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Mr. Silton received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia.