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Agenda:

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


Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage 
T. Ure

   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


Understanding Nevada Surface Water Rights 
T. Ure

   Ownership of surface water
   Regulation of surface water rights
   Obtaining surface water rights
   Application and permitting process
   Amending surface water rights


Understanding Nevada Groundwater Rights 
T. Ure

   Ownership of groundwater
   Regulation of groundwater rights
   Obtaining groundwater rights
   Current issues in groundwater rights


Water Right Applications: Preparation and Pitfalls 
R. Cozens

   Water right applications in Nevada
      • Understanding forms and mechanics of application process
      • Use of existing maps and when to create new ones
   Water right geographic information systems (GIS)
      • Utilizing existing data 
      • Future of GIS in water right application process


Water Right Strategy and Case Studies 
C. Facque

   Water right permitting process
   Application filing
      • Truckee Meadows hydrographic basin
      • Net irrigation water reduction
      • Humboldt regional basin
      • Mason Valley hydrographic basin


Drilling Wells in Nevada 
C. Reede

   Designated and non-designated basins
   Waivers 
   Well completions
   Meter requirements 
   County approval
   Abandonment


Regional Water Planning 
S. Walker

   Information necessary to compile a water plan
   Recent legislative mandate to develop water resource plans
   Water and the Nevada state legislature

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

Attorneys
     6.5 Nevada CLE Hours
     6.5 Arizona CLE Hours
     6.5 California CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Geologists
     Non-credit Continuing Ed.


Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education has approved it for 6.5 CLE hours (0.0 ethics) for attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE provider for California attorneys. This program offers 6.5 CLE hours to Arizona attorneys.

This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant.

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to Nevada geologists.

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.

Speakers:

Reed A. Cozens

Reed A. Cozens lives on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he specializes in Nevada state water rights. A former state water right commissioner and compliance engineer, Mr. Cozens currently works as a private sector water rights consultant. His experience includes ground and surface water right permitting, water right mapping, geographic information systems, measuring device calibration, and water use reporting. Mr. Cozens is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a board member for the Nevada Water Resources Association. He is also a licensed professional engineer and state water rights surveyor. He presently works for Resource Concepts, Inc, in Carson City, Nevada.

Chris N. Facque

Chris N. Facque is the lead water right specialist with Farr West Engineering. He manages the water rights for a variety of clients throughout Nevada. Mr. Facque is experienced in all aspects of water rights, including research, permit filings, title assignment, survey monitoring and mapping, forfeiture prevention, proofs, and permit compliance. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2005. In 2005 he began working for Tri- State Surveying, Ltd., increasing the depth of his knowledge while working on several Northern Nevada water rights projects. Mr. Facque is proficient in drafting water rights maps, and he is a certified survey technician through the National Society of Professional Surveyors. He has worked with several Nevada County Recorders and other agencies, including the Truckee Carson Irrigation District, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and California Water Resources Control Board. Over the course of his 15 year involvement with water rights he has acquired extensive experience in managing water rights projects from agricultural to mining to wildlife. Over the next years, Mr. Facque will look forward to adapting his water right strategies to protect this valuable resource in the changing economic and political landscape.

Chris Reede

Chris Reede Is the owner of Double R Water Well Service LLC in Reno. Mr. Reede received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2008. He worked for Ormat Technologies from 2007 to 2018, where he specialized in the development of geothermal production methods to include specifying well completions, sizing pumps and designing new well completion equipment. In 2015, Mr. Reede earned his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and was promoted to wellfield maintenance manager, where he oversaw the daily workover operations necessary to maintain over 120 production wells in fields stretched from Honduras to Northern Nevada. In 2018, he and his wife started Double R Water Well Service LLC, with the goal of bringing a new level of understanding and customer service to water well owners of all types.

Therese A. Ure

Therese A. Ure is a shareholder at Schroeder Law Offices, P.C. Ms. Ure practices law and litigates in both administrative and judicial forums at the state and federal levels in Nevada and Oregon. She focuses her practice in areas including: agriculture, water use permitting, extensions, transfers, groundwater interference and connection, critical and limited areas, special patron rights and responsibilities, public lands (easements, permitting uses and grazing permits BLM, USFS, and compliance issues), and agri-business. Ms. Ure earned her J.D. degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2006 and returned to Oregon and Nevada to continue her legal work in water and natural resources. She has worked for Schroeder Law Offices both full and part time since 1993 as project assistant, paralegal and law clerk. She joined the firm as an attorney in 2006, became managing attorney in 2010, and shareholder in 2013.

Steve Walker

Steve Walker is originally from Idaho (4th generation) and has worked in Nevada since 1974 in a variety of capacities. Mr. Walker has a B.S. degree in Agricultural Range Management from the University of Nevada, Reno. His professional work experience includes a natural resource management position for the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service. Mr. Walker served as the water planning manager for Washoe County from 1995 to 2000 and was successful in developing the first Regional Water Management Plan. Since 2000, he and his wife have developed a consulting business, Walker & Associates, that focuses on providing consulting services to local government clients in areas of their expertise. Mr. Walker, in partnership with his wife, represents five counties as lobbyist for the State Legislature: Douglas, Carson City, Lyon, Storey and Eureka. He has been Truckee Meadows Water Authority main state lobbyist since its inception. Mr. Walker is a former governor-appointed member of the Board for Financing Water Projects.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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