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 - 4:15 pm
Development of California Water Law: S. Anderson,
Quantity and Usage A. Monette
Development of the common law of water rights
Statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights
Federal, state and local regulators
Complying with Water Quality Laws S. Anderson,
and Regulations A. Monette
State and federal water quality regulations
Industrial and agricultural programs
Public water supply
Understanding California Water Rights Laws S. Anderson,
Ownership of surface and groundwater
Regulation of surface and groundwater rights
Application and permitting process
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act
Legal Lessons Learned Involving Desalination K. Solar
and Carlsbad Desalination Plant Case Study
Environmental Issues (once-through cooling vs. subsurface intakes,
impingement, entrainment and brine disposal)
Land use issues
Allocation of risks
Carlsbad desalination plant case study: lessons learned involving
permits, regulations, construction and environmental issues
State and Regional Water Management R. Waterman
Surface water resources
Regional water planning
Interstate water compacts
Future projections and challenges
Who Should Attend
- Paralegal/Legal Assistant
6.0 CLE Hours
Engineers and Geologists
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public. The State Bar of California has approved HalfMoon Education as an MCLE sponsor, and this program is certified for 6.0 CLE hours for attorneys and paralegals.
This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California engineers and geologists. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance in California.
Professional 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.
Attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP
Mr. Anderson works on water rights, groundwater, wetlands, in-lieu fee program, endangered species, environmental mitigation, conservation easements and other natural resource law matters. As a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP, he is a member of the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources, Special Districts and Municipal Law practice groups. Mr. Anderson is regularly involved in water issues faced by public agencies and private clients across California, including water rights disputes, groundwater, recycled water, water diversions and reporting, drought impacts on water supply, implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, water bonds (Proposition 1), water supply assessments, wastewater and integrated water planning. Mr. Anderson routinely drafts water rights opinions and contracts involving water supplies.
Attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLP
Mr. Monette works with both public and private clients in matters involving water quality issues. He is a member of the Environmental & Natural Resources practice group in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Monette works extensively with water districts, cities, counties and agricultural interests, and other private entities on matters involving the Federal Clean Water Act and its state law analogues.
Keith R. Solar
Managing Shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
Mr. Solar, the managing shareholder of the San Diego office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, represents public and private clients in water rights and water-related issues, with particular emphasis in desalination and potable reuse. Since 2002, he served as special counsel to the City of Carlsbad, and since 2012, he has represented IDE Americas, Inc., each with respect to the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, a 54 MGD seawater desalination project, the largest in the western hemisphere ,which IDE designed and operates. Mr. Solar has expertise in negotiating and documenting the purchase, sale, and lease of adjudicated groundwater rights and real property acquired for associated water rights; the acquisition, disposition, and lease of privately owned or municipal water systems; and many legal issues related to desalination facilities. In 2014 and 2015, he was named “Water Law – Attorney of the Year in California” by Corporate INTL Magazine. In 1982, Solar received an A.B. degree, with highest distinction, from Indiana University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. In 1985, he received his J.D. degree, with great distinction, from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Being mindful of the goal without getting lost in the details is a critical part of Mr. Waterman’s practice as a land use and environmental attorney. His deep familiarity with the land use entitlement process and CEQA/NEPA environmental review are foundational to his practice representing complex pre-approval entitlement and post-approval litigation in the trial and appellate courts. Mr. Waterman also delivers strategic advice on California water permitting, regulations, and compliance related to water sufficiency, water quality, storm water permitting, groundwater, infrastructure and policy development. His focus on land use and water links issues that go hand-in-hand in California. Mr. Waterman has a long-standing commitment to providing pro bono legal services and strives to meet California’s pro bono challenge yearly. Prior to joining Brownstein, Mr. Waterman was Of Counsel at Stoel Rives, LLP, in San Diego, and an associate at Latham & Watkins, LLP, in San Diego. From 2008 through 2012, he co-taught an environmental law seminar as an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Diego, School of Law. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Waterman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeanne E. Scott, U.S. District Judge in the Central District of Illinois.