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Presenter: Andrew Armstrong and 8 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Springfield, IL

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Doubletree
701 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217-544-8800

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

Illinois Water Regulatory Update 
A. Dragovich, J. Houser, J.Wozniak

   Overview of Illinois water quality laws and regulations
   Illinois Time Limited Water Quality Standards
   Petitions under Clean Water Act sections 316(a) (Thermal)
      and 316(b) (Cooling water intakes)
   Incidental take authorizations
   Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS) rulemaking update

Issues for Illinois Water Utilities 
A. Dragovich, D. Williams

   Overview of Illinois laws and regulations for utilities
   Nutrient issues

Groundwater Issues 
J. Olson, K. Liss

   Overview of groundwater regulations in Illinois
   Coal combustion byproducts/coal combustion residuals
   Options for remediation of groundwater under Illinois remediation programs

Illinois Water Enforcement 
A. Armstrong

   Overview of state environmental enforcement process
   Summaries of recent enforcement actions

Water Issues Affecting Agriculture 
L. Lurkins

   Update on “Waters of the United States”
   Section 404 of CWA and Swampbuster provisions of the Food Security Act

Ethical issues in Water Law and Regulation 
J. Martin

   Competence and Communication (IRPC 1.1 and 1.4)
   Representation of Organization (IRPC 1.13)
   Conflicts of Interest: Current clients (IRPC 1.7 and 1.8)
   Communication with Persons Represented by Counsel (IRPC 4.2)

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Illinois Attorneys
     6.5 Illinois CLE Hours
     (1.0 Illinois Professionalism Hour)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and is approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for a total 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys. The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has approved 1.0 professional responsibility hour for this seminar.

This course offers 6.5 PDHs to Illinois professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

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.


Andrew Armstrong

Andrew Armstrong is the chief of the Springfield Environmental Bureau for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He supervises the office’s environmental enforcement actions in central and southern Illinois. Prior to rejoining the office as bureau chief, he worked as an assistant attorney general in the Chicago Environmental Bureau and as an attorney for the not-for-profit Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago. Mr. Armstrong earned his law degree, cum laude, from the Northwestern University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Amy L. Dragovich

Amy L. Dragovich began working for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 1987 in the RCRA Permitting program. Since 2001, she has worked in the Bureau of Water. In 2006, Ms. Dragovich became the Manager of the Northern Municipal Unit in the Permit Section of the Division of Water Pollution Control. In May, 2018 she became the Manager of that Permit Section. Ms. Dragovich earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 2008. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Illinois.

Joshua J. Houser

Joshua J. Houser is an associate attorney with HeplerBroom, LLC. He focuses his practice in the area of environmental law, providing clients with compliance counseling, environmental permitting and representation in enforcement and litigation matters. His experience involves a wide variety of state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Prior to law school, Mr. Houser spent several years working as an ecologist and environmental consultant with an engineering firm in Florida. He received a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2011.

Kenneth W. Liss

Kenneth W. Liss is president of Andrews Engineering Inc. in Springfield. Prior to February 1999, he was the Groundwater Unit manager in the Bureau of Land at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Mr. Liss’ position at the IEPA was focused on hydrogeology relating to permitting requirements and enforcement issues under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C (non-hazardous) and Subtitle D (hazardous) facilities. He handled rule-making and legislative support and various initiatives related to groundwater quality across state and federal programs. Mr. Liss is a chair with the Site Remedial Action Committee (SRAC) interfacing with the IEPA on remediation regulations.

Lauren Lurkins

Lauren Lurkins serves as the Director of Environmental Policy in the Governmental Affairs and Commodities Division of the Illinois Farm Bureau. She is responsible for advocating on behalf of the organization in the promulgation, implementation and enforcement of environmental regulation affecting Illinois agriculture. Ms. Lurkins maintains liaison with various state and federal agencies, and develops and coordinates the organization’s environmental programs, communications and information. Beginning in 2006, she practiced environmental law with the law firm of Hodge Dwyer & Driver in Springfield, IL. Her previous experience includes both enforcement defense and legislative/regulatory work in all areas of environmental law on behalf of a variety of clients, including agricultural businesses and individual farmers. Ms. Lurkins earned her law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Jennifer M. Martin

Jennifer M. Martin is a partner with HeplerBroom, LLC. She focuses her practice in the areas of environmental law and real estate, including representing clients in matters involving environmental litigation and regulatory counseling, environmental insurance coverage and real estate transactions. Ms. Martin represents clients in federal and state environmental enforcement cases and regulatory proceedings, and counsels clients regarding environmental compliance issues. She also represents clients in property transfers, including the purchase and sale of impacted properties. Prior to private practice, Ms. Martin was an Assistant Attorney general in the Environmental Control Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s office. She received a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1992.

Joanne M. Olson

Joanne M. Olson is a deputy general counsel at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, where she concentrates on regulatory matters related to water pollution control and safe drinking water. She has been with the Agency since 2011. After graduating law school in 2007, Ms. Olson clerked for the Honorable Thomas M. Welch, Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, and the Honorable Nannette Baker, Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. Thereafter, Ms. Olson served as an assistant attorney general within the Office of the Illinois Attorney General from January 2010 to January 2011 within the Springfield General Law Bureau. She received a J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Deborah J. Williams

Deborah J. Williams is regulatory affairs director for City of Springfield Office of Public Utilities (City Water, Light & Power). She is responsible for a diverse variety of legal matters for CWLP including environmental, energy, safety, telecommunications and land use matters. Prior to joining CWLP in 2016, she spent nearly two decades with the State of Illinois including three years as an enforcement and regulatory attorney with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and 15 years as a regulatory attorney at the Illinois EPA for the Bureaus of Water and Air where she specialized in complex rulemakings and site-specific regulatory relief. She received her J.D. degree with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1997, also earning a Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law.

Julia P. Wozniak

Julia P. Wozniak is a Senior Scientist with EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.PBC, in the Deerfield, IL office. She has over 35 years of experience working for the electric power industry in the areas of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting, water quality and thermal compliance monitoring and modeling, 316(a) and (b) study design and implementation, federal and state regulatory development, assessment of aquatic and terrestrial environmental impacts, threatened and endangered species habitat conservation planning, and the development of cost effective regulatory compliance strategies. She holds a degree in Environmental Ecology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $259.00

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