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Presenter: Rhett A. Billingsley and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Tempe, AZ

Courtyard Tempe Downtown
601 South Ash Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: 480-966-2800

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 - 4:00 pm

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations                                    L. Decker

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

Understanding Arizona Groundwater Rights                             F. Breedlove / C. Dixon

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

Underground Storage and Recovery                                                           R. Billingsley

   Types of water storage facilities
   Applications and permitting
   Water storage credits and accounting
   Groundwater replenishment activities
   Recovery of stored water
   Recent developments and future challenges

State and Regional Water Management and Planning                S. Hood / R. Billingsley

   Colorado River water resources
   Groundwater resources
   Regional water planning
   Recent developments
   Future projections and challenges

Understanding Arizona Surface Water Rights                           
S. Hood / R. Billingsley

   Ownership of surface water
   Regulation of surface water rights
   Obtaining surface water rights
   Application and permitting process
   Amending surface water rights
   Adjudication of surface water rights
   Subflow—the dividing line between surface water and groundwater
   Current issues in surface water rights

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Floodplain Managers

     6.0 Arizona CLE Hours

Professional Engineers
& Geologists
     6.0 Hour Non-Credit
     Learning Opportunity

Floodplain Managers
     6.0 ASFPM CECs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.0 CLE hours to Arizona attorneys. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements of specialists. This activity may qualify for up to 6.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility and including 0.0 hours of advanced level training.

This course offers a 6.0-hour learning opportunity to Arizona professional engineers and geologists. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance in Arizona.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this course, in most states. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.0 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.


Rhett A. Billingsley

Rhett A. Billingsley is a director in Fennemore Craig Attorneys’ natural resources, energy and environmental law practice group, where he specializes in the areas of water and environmental law. He has 15 years of experience helping municipal, residential development, agricultural, industrial, energy and mining clients to develop practical solutions to water resource and environmental permitting issues. Mr. Billingsley has successfully represented clients in both the public and private sector, including serving as outside counsel to Fortune 500 companies and working as in-house counsel with the Central Arizona Project. Mr. Billingsley has extensive experience in all areas of water law, including Arizona’s assured and adequate water supply programs, due diligence investigations and acquisition of surface water and groundwater rights (including Colorado River and Central Arizona Project entitlements), well sharing agreements, negotiation of development agreements with municipalities, water conservation and drought planning, underground water storage and recovery permitting, federal and Indian reserved water rights, and subflow issues. He has represented clients in the Gila River General Stream Adjudication and other complex water litigation, and in drafting and lobbying water resources legislation.

Fred Breedlove

Fred Breedlove is an attorney at Snell and Wilmer in Phoenix, Arizona, where he focuses his practice in environmental and natural resources. His previous experience includes managing the natural resource programs for the Arizona State Land Department, serving as legislative liaison for the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and as an attorney at Squire Patton Boggs. Mr. Breedlove has worked closely with ranchers and farmers to address resource management concerns including water availability, cultural resources, grassland restoration, invasive species, and environmental contamination. Mr. Breedlove has represented mining companies, land developers, private water and energy utility businesses, government agencies, and investment firms while in private practice, primarily on water resource planning and development matters.

D. Lee Decker

D. Lee Decker is a shareholder with the Phoenix law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy. For over 28 years he has represented mining and other industry sectors in Arizona (and surrounding states) with respect to various state and federal-based water quality and mine reclamation and closure programs, including the aquifer protection permit program, Arizona’s pollutant discharge elimination system permit program, impaired water determinations and listings, development and implementation of total maximum daily load requirements, mined land reclamation and closure, development of surface and aquifer water quality standards, and state certification of federal water quality permits/approvals. He participates actively as a member of the Arizona Mining Association and Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and he lobbies federal and state governmental agencies on water quality statutory, regulatory, and policy-based issues to the benefit of industry in Arizona. He currently serves as the vice chair for the Arizona Mining Association’s Water Quality Subcommittee. He also serves as the co-chair of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry Water Quality Subcommittee (formerly the Arizona Association of Industries Water Quality Subcommittee), a position he has filled since 2001. He is a fifth generation native of Arizona, having spent his early years (until college) in the northeastern Arizona town of Snowflake while working on his parents’ farm and cattle ranch.

Creighton P. Dixon

Creighton P. Dixon is an attorney with Snell & Wilmer. Along with his litigation practice, he advises clients on water law issues. This includes helping clients in various industries, ranging from developers to mines, with issues relating to water rights, supply and transfer.

Sean T. Hood

Sean T. Hood of Fennemore Craig Attorneys is a water lawyer and litigator with more than 15 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies and local water users on a broad range of surface water and groundwater issues. He has wide-ranging trial experience in complex water rights litigation in state and federal court, and he has been lead counsel to resolve contested water right claims in the Gila River General Stream Adjudication. Mr. Hood handles cases throughout the West, including Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada. He practices regularly at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts, as well as before a variety of administrative boards and commissions. Mr. Hood is an author on various natural resources topics, including implementation of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

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.