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Water Laws and Regulations

Presenter: Peter A. Alpert and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Natick, MA

Courtyard by Marriott Natick
342 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-655-6100

This seminar is closed or full.


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

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage           S. Torres

   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

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations                    L. Legere

   State and federal water quality regulations
   Stormwater regulations
   Sewerage regulations
   Industrial and agricultural programs
   Public water supply
   Water wells

Understanding Massachusetts Groundwater Rights                       S. Torres

   Ownership and regulation of groundwater rights
   Obtaining groundwater rights
   Application and permitting process
   Current issues in groundwater rights

Understanding Massachusetts Surface Water Rights                     S. Torres

   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

Water Disputes in Massachusetts: Recent Examples                    H.D. Gold
and Emerging Issues

   Factors causing water scarcity in Massachusetts
   Water rights in Massachusetts: A legal framework
   Recent water disputes
   Emerging issues

Water Laws and Climate Change                                                        P. Alpert

   Coastal wetland regulations and the Wetlands Protection Act
      • Impact on climate change adaptation projects
      • Climate change and stream delineation under the
         Wetlands Protection Act
   Massachusetts Water Protection Act
      • Impact of climate change on Department of Environmental
         Protection’s regulation of withdrawals

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

This seminar is open to the public and offers a 6.5 hour
non-credit continuing education opportunity to Massachusetts
attorneys, professional engineers, geologists and other
interested professionals.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a 6.5 hour non-credit/non-mandatory continuing education opportunity to Massachusetts attorneys, engineers, geologists and other interested professionals.

Attorneys and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Peter A. Alpert

Ropes & Gray, Boston
Mr. Alpert has practiced environmental and land use law for nearly twenty-five years. His permitting experience spans the full range of entitlement programs, including zoning, wetlands and waterways, historic preservation, transportation, endangered species, water management and water supply and federal and state environmental impact review. His regulatory knowledge spans the full range of federal and state environmental programs, including air, water, wetlands, hazardous waste, waste site cleanup and the regulation of toxic substances and pesticides. Peter’s environmental practice is generalized, but a substantial part is devoted to federal and state superfund matters, including the negotiation and administration of CERCLA consent decrees, and the oversight of privatized response actions under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan. He has represented the principal PRPs at two of the largest MCP cleanups ever performed. He has represented numerous industrial and institutional clients in defense of federal and state environmental enforcement actions initiated pursuant to federal and state air, water, wastewater, hazardous waste management and wetlands laws.

H. David Gold

WilmerHale, Boston
Mr. Gold practices in WilmerHale’s Energy, Environment and Natural Resources group in Boston. He regularly advises clients on compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding water, wetlands, endangered species, cultural resources, hazardous and solid waste, and environmental impact review. He is a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee and a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Water Resources Committee. Mr. Gold holds a B.A. degree in Biology and Economics from Tufts University and an M.S. degree in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. He attended law school at Berkeley and Harvard.

Luke H. Legere, Esq

McGregor & Legere, Boston
Mr. Legere is a partner with McGregor & Legere, P.C. He helps clients with a broad range of environmental, land use, and real estate issues including coastal and inland wetlands and waterways, zoning, subdivision, development agreements, conservation restrictions, state and local enforcement actions, stormwater, solid waste, hazardous waste, air pollution, siteremediation, regulatory takings, affordable housing, and energy facility siting. Mr. Legere routinely represents clients in permitting matters before conservation commissions, planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, boards of health, and other local environmental and land use boards and officials. Mr. Legere often writes and speaks on topics such as the Wetlands Protection Act, Chapter 91, Watershed Protection Act, Article 97, water pollution control, non-zoning wetlands bylaws, zoning and land use, regulatory takings, and brownfields. He has had articles published in newsletters for the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC), the Real Estate Bar Association (REBA), and the Association of Massachusetts Wetlands Scientists (AMWS). Mr. Legere has served as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Wetlands, Waterways, and Water QualityCommittee.

Steven A. Torres

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, Providence, RI
Mr. Torres is a member of the firm’s Municipal Infrastructure Team. He is a highly-skilled and experienced municipal construction and public-private partnership project advisor and legal counsel who has managed in excess of $1 billion in project value in the areas of utilities, water and wastewater, transportation, building construction and renewable energy. He has vast experience and deep knowledge in matters related to municipal law and regulations including zoning, land use planning, and building and environmental permitting. Mr. Torres is nationally recognized in his practice area and a frequent lecturer, guest speaker and teacher/mentor to other practitioners.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $269.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $269.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $249.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.