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Presenter: Heather L. Demirjian and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Secaucus, NJ

Holiday Inn Secaucus Meadowlands
300 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: 201-348-2000

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 - 4:40 pm

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage                    
P. Mottola

   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. Sands

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

Groundwater and Groundwater Rights                                                   S. Nathans

   Groundwater science
   Groundwater rights
   Groundwater contamination case studies
      • Environmental liability insurance coverage
      • Environmental remediation statutes

Understanding New Jersey Surface Water Rights                                H. Demirjian

   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

Current Issues with the Clean Water Act                                               D. Edelstein

   County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund:
      are groundwater discharges regulated under the CWA?
   Regulation of emerging contaminants under the CWA
   The latest trends in CWA citizen suit litigation

State and Regional Water Management and Planning                                Y. Zhou

   Surface water and groundwater resources
   Regional water planning
   Interstate water compacts
   New Jersey watershed-based plans
   Recent developments
   Future projections and challenges

Water Supply Quality, Testing, and Remediation – Hot Topics                   Y. Zhou

   Drinking water systems and emerging contaminants of concern - PFAS

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Floodplain Managers

     8.0 New Jersey CLE Hours
     8.0 New York CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CPC Credits/PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education Inc. is a New Jersey CLE Service Provider (No. 164), and this course offers 8.0 CLE hours to New Jersey attorneys.

HalfMoon Education Inc. is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. This traditional format course offers 8.0 CLE hours, consisting 8.0 Areas of Professional Practice hours, which are appropriate for new and experienced attorneys.

This course offers New Jersey professional engineers 6.5 PDHs. HalfMoon Education is approved as a continuing education provider by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (NJ Provider Approval No. 24GP000000700).

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

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.


Heather L. Demirjian

Heather L. Demirjian, an associate at Cole Schotz P.C., devotes her practice entirely to complex state and federal environmental law matters. She represents clients from a wide range of industries on the environmental risks and liabilities in business transactions, real estate development, site remediation projects, enforcement defense, environmental litigation, and industrial and manufacturing operations. Ms. Demirjian has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, where she taught a course on environmental litigation. While attending Rutgers University School of Law, she interned for the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and for the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Demirjian is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

David F. Edelstein

David F. Edelstein is a partner in Archer & Greiner P.C.’s litigation department and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top young environmental litigators in New Jersey by numerous publications. He currently represents Fortune 100 companies, large multinational corporations, and smaller businesses at several of the largest Superfund sites in the country. Mr. Edelstein also has significant experience representing clients in litigation brought pursuant to RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and comparable state statutes. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Edelstein provides regulatory counsel to clients performing environmental remediation, including negotiations with regulators and municipal governments in several states with respect to the on-going investigation of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances. He is intimately familiar with the emerging law related to PFAS.

Patrick T. Mottola

Patrick T. Mottola serves as counsel to Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC in the Environmental Practice Group. He has extensive experience advising industrial, commercial and developer clients on a variety of issues related to Brownfield redevelopment, site remediation, real estate and corporate transactions, regulatory compliance and permitting, and the resolution of enforcement and litigated matters. Mr. Mottola regularly appears before the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Sandra Calvert Nathans

Sandra Calvert Nathans is counsel at Schenck, Price, Smith, & King LLP, where she has been involved in a number of large environmental cases involving remediation at New Jersey sites. In addition, she has assisted individual clients with issues at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in order to complete remediations. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Nathans was associated with an insurance defense firm, concentrating her practice in the areas of insurance coverage and environmental liability and coverage litigation. Among the highlights of her professional affiliations was her role at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (“RIDEM”). She provided counsel to a variety of divisions within RIDEM and concentrated her practice in the areas of water quality and environmental policy, including freshwater wetlands, individual sewerage disposal systems, and water resources.

Laurie J. Sands

Laurie J. Sands is counsel in Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti LLP’s Environmental Group and has focused her legal career on environmental law issues. She represents clients in complex environmental litigation, including claims under CERCLA, RCRA, the Water Pollution Control Act and the New Jersey Spill Act. She has negotiated numerous settlements involving clean-up costs for contaminated sites and natural resource damages. Ms. Sands also routinely counsels clients with respect to regulatory compliance and transactions involving contaminated property. Prior to beginning her legal career, she spent six years at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She is a past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association.

Yin Zhou

Yin Zhou is chair of the Environmental Law department at Parker McCay P.A. and regularly counsels both private and public entity clients on water resource issues. She has extensive experience in water pollution management, regional water quality management planning, and site remediation and brownfields. As a former Deputy Attorney General, Ms. Zhou advised NJDEP on numerous areas under the Water Resource Management Program, including sewer service amendments, NJPDES permitting and various agency rulemakings. She was also counsel to the Drinking Water Quality Institute during its development of MCL recommendations for the PFAS family of chemicals. In addition to her transactional work, Ms. Zhou is an experienced environmental litigator.

Tuition Costs:

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

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