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Presenter: Samuel E. Bivins and 6 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Rancho Cordova, CA

Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone: 916-638-1100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations 
L. Smith

   Development of water quality law in California 
      • Common law 
      • Porter Cologne Act 
      • Federal Clean Water Act , RCRA, Safe Drinking Water Act
   Overlap of federal and state law
   State Water Resources Control Board and regional water quality control boards 
   Waste discharge requirements/general orders 
      • Irrigated lands program 
      • Dairy/heifer general order 
   State board policies 
      • Non-degradation policy 
      • Sources of drinking water policy 
   Basin plans 
      • Current developments with basin amendments 
      • C.V. Salts 
      • State Water Board enforcement policy 
      • Procedures 
         - Clean up and abatement orders 
         - Hearings before the boards 
         - Administrative civil liability complaints 
         - Appeals 
      • Recent developments 
   Storm water regulations 
   Public water supplies and wells 
      • Current issues - TCP 
   Proposition 65

Understanding California Groundwater Rights 
R. Masuda

   The groundwater regulatory landscape post-SGMA – Overview, issues, and perspectives 
   Sustainable Groundwater Management Act versus your groundwater rights 
   Types of groundwater rights 
   Groundwater rights priorities 
   How groundwater rights are determined; documenting what you pump 
   Groundwater credits for using surface water in-lieu of pumping groundwater

Understanding California Surface Water Rights 
S. Bivins/A. Williams

   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

The Physical Waterscape - Management and Planning 
P. Hubbard

   Surface water resources 
   Groundwater resources 
   Flood and water supply management 
   Regulators and stakeholders
   Technical developments and challenges 
   Effects of climate change on management strategies

Regional Water Issues Update and Current Issues 
with the Clean Water Act 
S. Warner

   California watersheds 
   Regional initiatives

Ethical Issues in California Water Law 
J. Buckman

   Overview of California’s new rules of professional conduct on conflicts, 
      multi-party representation, and screening
   Ethical issues for lawyers when the firm serves as general counsel 
   Ethical issues for lawyers in water transactions 
   Ethical issues for water litigators

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Floodplain Managers

California Attorneys
     6.5 CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics Hour)

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public It is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to California attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider in California (Provider No. 8370).

This course offers a 6.5 hour continuing education opportunity to California professional engineers, geologists, and floodplain managers. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance or renewal in California. Those seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this event, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.5 CECs for certified floodplain managers.

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.


Samuel E. Bivins

Downey Brand LLP, Sacramento

Mr. Bivins represents private and public agency clients in a broad range of matters, including Endangered Species Act litigation, groundwater rights litigation, CEQA litigation, and other matters in which water supply issues are implicated. He also advises clients regarding riparian rights, Proposition 218, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and cultural resources issues implicating Native American tribal concerns.

Jennifer Buckman

Bartkiewicz, Kronick and Shanahan, Sacramento

Ms. Buckman has more than 20 years of experience representing public agencies and private clients on waterand land use issues involving the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, federal reclamation and otherwater supply laws, and the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.She also has extensive administrative law experience and has negotiated complex matters with regulatoryagencies such as the United States Bureau of Reclamation, State Water Resources Control Board, U.S. Fishand Wildlife Service, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Conservation. Before joiningBartkiewicz, Kronick and Shanahan, Ms. Buckman served as the in-house general counsel for Friant WaterAuthority, a joint powers agency that delivers water to over one million acres of highly-productive irrigated farmland on the east side of the southern San Joaquin Valley. Prior to joining Friant, she was in private practice for16 years, where she represented clients in matters concerning a host of environmental and public law issues.

Patrick Hubbard, PG, CEG

Aqueous Pathfinding, Inc, Oakland

Mr. Hubbard is a principal with Aqueous Pathfinding, Inc. and a consulting principal to Langan. He has 30years of professional experience performing and managing environmental projects, particularly related towater supply and water supply wells. Mr. Hubbard has worked closely with regulatory agencies and attorneys,evaluated well operations and contaminant impacts, calculated contaminant transport and fate to watersupply wells and streams, evaluated potential impacts relative to water supply reservoirs, and directed aquiferanalysis and field testing. He also provides expert witness testimony and litigation support. Clients includewater districts; local governments; law firms; and the semiconductor, steel, petrochemical, and transportationindustries.

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.

Scott D. Warner

Ramboll Environ, Emeryville

Mr. Warner, a principal with Ramboll Environ, has 30 years of consulting experience in hydrogeology and water resources development, design/assessment of groundwater remediation strategies, and natural resources planning. He has provided litigation support and expert witness services for cases involving hydro-geochemistry, groundwater remediation and remediation cost recovery, and he has completed projects in North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. Mr. Warner has authored or co-authored more than 50 publications on water resources, climate impacts, groundwater remediation, hydraulics and geochemistry for both peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has provided course instruction on groundwater resources and remediation to university and regulatory audiences, and was a co-editor of an Oxford University Press book on environmental site characterization and remediation. Mr. Warner earned an MS degree in Geology from Indiana University, and a BS degree in Engineering Geology from UCLA and is involved with advanced research at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a registered professional geologist, certified hydrogeologist and certified engineering geologist in California.

Anne Williams, P.E.

MBK Engineers, Sacramento

Ms. Williams is a registered civil engineer in the State of California. She has five years of experience in the area of water resources engineering, working in the Water Rights Group at MBK Engineers. She specializes in research, analysis, documentation, and accounting of water supply and use. Ms. Williams is also involved with preparation of water management plans, Bay-Delta activities, water supply forecasting, water transfers, and preparation of expert witness testimony. She has gained extensive knowledge of the Sacramento River system through preparation of the Sacramento River Settlement Contractor’s Regional Water Management Plan, assisting the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation with drought operations, and conducting various field visits to measure groundwater levels and certify measurement equipment. Ms. Williams holds a BS degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Illinois, 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.