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Presenter: Michele Simmons Allgood and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:40 am CDT
Break:                                11:40 am - 12:10 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             12:10 - 3:50 pm CDT

Development of Water Laws: Quantity and Usage
Presented by E. Swaim

Development of the Arkansas common law of water rights
Arkansas statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights
Arkansas water quantity regulations
Arkansas water plan
Role of the Arkansas water districts
Reserved federal rights
Levee issues

Understanding Arkansas Groundwater Rights
Presented by E. Swaim

Ownership of groundwater
Arkansas regulation of groundwater rights
Obtaining groundwater rights
Critical groundwater areas
Current issues in groundwater rights
Arkansas water well drilling regulations

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations
Presented by J. Wimpy

Arkansas and federal water quality regulations
• Revisions to Definition of Waters of the United States
• Water quality trading • Nutrient/phosphorus issues
• 401 water quality certification 
Stormwater regulations
Sewerage regulations
404 Wetland Program developments

Transfer/Sale of Water/Water Project Development Issues
Presented by W. Wright Jr.

Key agreement terms
Types of agreements
Endangered Species Act issues/developments
National Environmental Policy Act issues/developments
Key water project/treatment contract issues
EPA water transfer rule
Utility service areas

Financing Water/Wastewater Projects
Presented by M. Allgood/J. Bryant

Capital planning and infrastructure
Infrastructure identification
Project identification – what can be nanced and how
Initial steps including required approvals
The bond marketing and closing process
Post-closing issues
Post-issuance compliance

Water Ethics - Environmental Context
Presented by S. Spencer

Ethical issues in water use
Ethical issues in real estate development
Ethical issues in water transactions

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists

6.5 Arkansas CLE Hours
(1.0 Ethics)

Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs (1.0 Ethics)

AICP Certified Planners
CM 6.5

Non-Credit Continuing Ed.


Michele Simmons Allgood

Michele Simmons Allgood is an attorney at the law firm of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard. She has over 20 years of municipal finance experience. Ms. Allgood has extensive experience in all areas of municipal  finance, including bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and borrower’s counsel. Clients for whom Ms. Allgood has provided assistance include state agencies, cities, counties, facility boards, and commissions.

John T. Bryant

Dr. Bryant is president and CEO of Bryant Consultants where he leads a unique and diverse team of professional engineers, geoscientists and technicians that have been assembled with one goal in mind–providing the most accurate representation of the earth-structure system to clients. He has more than 20 years of experience in solving soil/structure interaction problems involving natural and man-made influences. Dr. Bryant’s academic background is in the earth sciences and engineering, and includes engineering geology (BS degree -Texas A&M University), geography (MS degree -Texas A&M University), geographic information systems, geophysics and engineering (BS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering -Texas A&M University).Dr. Bryant is a registered and licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, Utah and Florida; a registered professional geologist (P.G.) in Mississippi and Kansas; a registered professional geoscientist (P.G.) in Texas and Tennessee; and a certified professional geologist (CPG) in the American Institute of Professional Geologists. He is also the owner of Earth Systems Technologies, Inc. Dr. Bryant has worked on and supervised hundreds of projects ranging from tunnel excavations and rock-bolting designs, to multi-story towers, and embankment analyses involving slope stability issues. He is the author of a patented process using electrical resistivity imaging called GMMIR, and he has been involved in providing solutions for hundreds of forensic investigations involving expansive soils, collapsible soils, perched water tables, delineation of sources of moisture, and cause-and-effect relationships between the earth and man’s structures using unsaturated soil mechanics, soil dynamics concepts and diverse geophysical and analytical methods.

Stuart Spencer

Stuart Spencer focuses his practice on environmental, energy, and natural resources issues. He served in various legal and managerial positions at the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for roughly 10 years. At DEQ, he served as the Office of Air Quality (OAQ) associate director. In his role as OAQ associate director, he was the senior manager of major Clean Air Act programs including implementation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Title V and New Source Review permitting, the Clean Power Plan and its successor, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, and Regional Haze. He also served as DEQ’s legal policy advisor and as general counsel and served as an attorney in DEQ’s O ice of Law and Policy. He applies his broad experience as an environmental regulator to advise industry clients on a wide range of complex legal issues. Mr. Spencer earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Harding University. He is a former president of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies and is a member of the American, Arkansas and New York Bar Associations.

Edward Swaim

Edward Swaim serves as chief of the Water Resources Management Division of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, formerly the Soil and Water Conservation Commission. The commission is the state agency responsible for soil conservation, water rights (ground and surface), dam safety, flood control, the Arkansas Water Plan, interstate water compacts, and non-point source pollution prevention. The commission also provides financial assistance for the development of water, wastewater, and solid waste projects within Arkansas. Mr. Swaim was project manager for the recently-completed update of the Arkansas Water Plan. Prior to his present assignment, he served as general counsel and associate general counsel for the Commission and as an assistant attorney general. Mr. Swaim is from England, Arkansas, and received a bachelor’s degree from Hendrix College and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He also served in the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 10 years.

Jordan Wimpy

Jordan Wimpy is counsel with Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates, & Woodard, P.L.L.C., and a member of the law  firm’s Environmental Practice Group. His practice focuses on environmental, agriculture, energy, and natural resource issues. Mr. Wimpy regularly represents trade associations, utilities, and business clients in administrative rulemaking manners and all aspects of the environmental permitting, compliance, and enforcement processes. He studied law at Vermont Law School where he received both his juris doctor and Master of Environmental Law & Policy degrees with high honors. Mr. Wimpy is immediate past-chair of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section. He currently serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Agricultural Management Committee.

Walter Wright Jr.

Mr. Wright practices in the areas of environmental, energy and water law. Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel for the Petroleum Marketers Association of America in Washington, D.C., from 1985-1987 and on the minority staff of the United States House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce Committee in the mid-1980s. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law since 1989. Mr. Wright serves as general counsel to the Arkansas Oil Marketers Association, the Arkansas Recyclers Association and the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association. He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has authored articles on a variety of environmental, energy and water law topics.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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