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Presenter: John Byrum and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Henrico, VA

Courtyard Richmond Northwest/Short Pump
3950 Westerre Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233
Phone: 804-346-5427

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

Riparian Property Rights                                                           B. Peeples

   Overview of riparian property rights
   What is a riparian area?
   Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
   Oyster aquaculture

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations                A. Silton

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

Understanding Virginia Groundwater Rights                      J. Richardson

   Ownership of groundwater
   Regulation of groundwater rights
   Obtaining groundwater rights
   Application and permitting process
   Current issues in groundwater rights

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation                       J. Richardson

   Ethical issues in water use
   Ethical issues in development
   Ethical issues in water transactions

Current Issues with the Clean Water Act                             J. Richardson

   Waters of the United States
   Groundwater as a conduit
   Judicial deference to agency action

Water Utility Regulation                                                                J. Byrum

   Types of water utilities
   Regulation of utility service areas
   Application and permitting process for service areas
   Utility construction design standards and approvals
   Current issues in utility service area regulation

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Virginia CLE Hours
     (1.0 Ethics)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to Virginia professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

The Virginia MCLE Board has approved this course for 6.5 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, for attorneys.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.

6.5 Virginia CLE Hours (1.0 Ethics)


John Byrum

Attorney at Woods Rogers

Mr. Byrum practices in the Administrative and Regulatory, Appellate, Business and Corporate, Litigation, and Environmental law groups, litigating cases for businesses and individuals in state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration proceedings. These include commercial contract, employment, and related actions as well as civil and criminal administrative enforcement proceedings. Mr. Byrum represents developers, financial institutions, public utilities, retailers, wholesalers and individuals in civil litigation and state and federal administrative proceedings. He has tried cases in circuit courts throughout the Commonwealth and before the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and he has handled more than 100 appeals before the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the Virginia Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Bryan Peeples

Attorney at Pender & Coward

Mr. Peeples is a Pender & Coward, P.C., attorney focusing on waterfront (riparian) property rights. He comes to the practice of law after having retired from a 22-year career as a Naval officer. From a career spent at sea, he has developed a unique understanding of the maritime environment. Mr. Peeples has written articles on Virginia aquaculture law, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, the Virginia Primary Sand Dune and Beaches Act, and the Virginia Tidal Wetlands Act. He looks forward to helping Virginia clients who live, work and play on the water. Mr. Peeples can be reached at bpeeples@pendercoward.com.

Jesse Richardson

Professor/Attorney at West Virginia University College of Law

Mr. Richardson is an associate professor and the lead land use attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Mr. Richardson was an associate professor at Virginia Tech. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. He began his legal career in private practice in his home town of Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Richardson presently serves on the board of directors of the American Agricultural Law Association where he is the president-elect. Mr. Richardson previously served on the Virginia Water Policy Technical Advisory Committee. He was honored with the 1999 Professional Scholarship Award from the American Agricultural Law Association, the 2004 William E. Wine Award for a history of teaching excellence from Virginia Tech (the highest teaching award granted by the university), and the 2009 University Certificate of Excellence in Outreach.

Andrew Silton

Attorney at Beveridge & Diamond

Mr. Silton’s practice focuses primarily on issues arising under the nation’s water quality laws and spans regulatory counseling, enforcement defense, and litigation. Located in Washington DC, he is currently the deputy chair of the firm’s Water Practice Group and represents clients from both the private and public sectors in matters arising under the Clean Water Act and state law. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Silton gained experience working for the government and tackling emerging issues relating to adaptation to climate change. Immediately after graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, he served as a special law clerk at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Philadelphia, where he prepared cost recovery and enforcement actions under CERCLA and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Mr. Silton received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia.

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.