Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:15 - 4:30 pm
Understanding Wyoming Groundwater Rights
and Surface Water Rights
Ownership of groundwater and surface water
Regulation of groundwater rights and surface water rights
Obtaining groundwater rights and surface water rights
Application and permitting process
Amending water rights
Current issues in groundwater rights
Permitting Nontraditional Water Supplies:
Looking Beyond Rivers and Wells
Permitting in compliance with Wyoming water laws, rules and regulations
Alternatives to freshwater sources for meeting increasing water demands
Examples of water rights for nontraditional water supplies
Water management planning and nontraditional water supplies
Maximizing Water Use: Industrial and Agricultural Programs
Water and wastewater construction permitting program
Use and reuse of water from industrial operations including oilfield produced water
Why land application recovered water is public and environmental enhancement
Overview of Wyoming’s Interstate Compacts and Decrees
• Related Platte River recovery implementation program
• Montana v. Wyoming outcome
• Colorado River demand management investigation
Agricultural Water Use
Irrigation in Wyoming
Wells for agricultural use
Groundwater as a public resource
Tributary vs. non-tributary
Water quality and agricultural runoff
Water Sustainability – Reduce Your Use
City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities water conservation and efficiency efforts
Reuse Water – Beyond Irrigation Water
M. Buelow, B. Dorr, D. Egenhoff
Accelerating natural cleaning process to make water
suitable for intended purpose
Class V Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program
Overview of Class V UIC well subclasses
Most common types permitted in Wyoming (e.g. large capacity septic systems)
UIC permitting process, monitoring, and reporting requirements
Recent rule changes affecting Class V wells
Who Should Attend
6.5 Wyoming CLE Hours
8.0 Colorado CLE Hours
6.5 Nebraska CLE Hours
6.5 Wyoming CPC Units/PDHs
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public. The Wyoming State Bar has approved this course for 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys, and the Colorado Office of CLJE has approved it for 8.0 CLE hours. The Nebraska MCLE Commission has approved this program for 6.5 CLE hours for attorneys.
This seminar offers 6.5 CPC Units to Wyoming professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Wyoming engineers with continuing education requirements in other states will be able to apply the continuing education credits earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.
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.
Liberty Blain is a water scientist with over 20 years of experience in Wyoming. Ms. Blain spent over a decade with the Laramie County Conservation District. Then she worked in the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office in the Ground Water Division. Ms. Blain served as the primary contact for permitting questions related to groundwater supplies for the oil/gas industry. She recently left the public sector to pursue the land surveying profession. Ms. Blain currently works for Western Research & Development as Water Rights Specialist/Survey Technician and for Burnett Enterprises as Permitting & Compliance Manager.
Christopher M. Brown
Christopher M. Brown is a senior assistant attorney general with the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office and supervisor of its Water Section which represents the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, the Wyoming Board of Control, and divisions of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Previously, Mr. Brown was a partner in a private firm. Mr. Brown provides the primary legal representation to the state on all interstate river compacts and decrees and was part of the litigation team which defended Wyoming in the U. S. Supreme Court original action, Montana v. Wyoming.
Christopher T. Brown
Christopher T. Brown is the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program manager for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD). He provides oversight for permitting, inspection, compliance functions of the UIC Program, and also serves as the enforcement coordinator for the WQD Groundwater Section. Prior to coming to the WDEQ, Mr. Brown worked as an environmental consultant. He is a Wyoming licensed professional geologist.
Matthew Buelow is the Water Reclamation Division manager for the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. He started his water career eight years ago as a wastewater operator. Since then, he has worked as a maintenance operator, lead O&M operator and now the division manager.
Bryce Dorr serves as the capital projects supervisor for the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering, both from the University of Wyoming.
Dena Egenhoff is the Water Conservation and Public Relations Specialist for the City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. She has over 20 years of experience in the water world and holds an M.S. degree in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.
Louis B. Harmon
Louis B. Harmon is senior project manager with Western Research & Development, Ltd. He has over 40 years of experience with municipal utility engineering and planning. Mr. Harmon is the past Program Manager of the Water and Wastewater Program of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division. He has worked with many concentrated animal feeding operations. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer (WY, CO,KS,NE), Professional Geologist (WY), Land Surveyor (CO, KS), and is a nationally certified Cross-Connection Control Surveyor and Tester.
J. Mark Stewart
J. Mark Stewart is a partner with Davis & Cannon, LLP. His practice is concentrated in water and natural resources law, primarily representing Wyoming ranchers. Mr. Stewart also practices in the areas of construction law and represents several Wyoming municipalities. He became an attorney after a 16 year career as a civil engineer, starting at a small firm followed by five years with the Wyoming Highway Department. Mr. Stewart then worked for a Wyoming environmental engineering firm where he designed and managed the construction of groundwater remediation and containment systems, soil remediation projects, and landfills.
Phillip Stump is a senior project manager with HDR in the Cheyenne office. He provides water rights and water resources expertise to public, mining, energy, and agricultural clients throughout Wyoming. Mr. Stump has led the planning, permitting, and engineering design of water infrastructure projects in Wyoming. Prior to joining HDR he served as North Platte coordinator for the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office and served with the Water Quality Division of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.