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Presenter: Matthew J. Frank and 1 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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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

The Public Trust Doctrine 
D. Gallo

   History and overview – common law of water rights
   Riparian rights: lakes vs. streams/impoundments
   Ordinary high water mark (OHWM) 
   Surface water diversion
   Navigable waters and wetlands 
   Wis. Stat. Ch. 30 permits
   Lake issue and public access 

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations 
M. Frank

   Point source regulation, industrial and agricultural permit programs
   Non-point stormwater regulation and permitting
   Public and private sewer systems 
   Public water supplies and private wells
   Groundwater standards and protection

Understanding Wisconsin Surface Water Rights 
D. Gallo

   Ownership of surface water
   Regulation of surface water rights
      • Waters of the United States vs. state jurisdiction
      • Wisconsin isolated wetlands and artificial wetlands
   Hydrologic restoration 
   Obtaining surface water rights
   Application and permitting process 
   Amending surface water rights
   Buildings in the floodplain 
   Producer-led watershed planning
   Fresh Water Collaborative 
   Current issues in surface water rights

Drinking Water and Groundwater 
D. Gallo

   Groundwater quantity
      • Ownership/withdrawal rights (reasonable use, overlying property owner)
      • Large capacity wells
   Groundwater quality/ Wis. Admin. Code ch. NR 140
      • The evolving PFAS standards and regulation and PFAS testing grants
   CAFO manure, industrial/food processing, septic tanks waste, municipal bio-solids, 
      water softening lime, commercial fertilizer (nitrate, phosphorus and chloride) 
      impacts to groundwater
      • Nutrient management plans/Snap Plus
   Lead service line replacements 
   Current issues in groundwater rights

Ethical Issues in Water Law and Regulation 
D. Gallo

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

Wastewater Planning and Compliance 
D. Gallo

   Adaptive management plan 
   Water quality trading
   Water quality compliance; phosphorus, nitrate, chloride

Storm Water Management 
and Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention
D. Gallo

   Storm water management planning
   Public information and education activities
   Local ordinances affecting storm water discharge (construction site or post-construction 
      erosion control, pet waste, or illicit discharge management)
   Wisconsin runoff rules
   Urban TMDL targeted runoff management
   Agricultural technical and performance standards

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.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Government Officials
  • Other

Wisconsin Attorneys
     8.0 WI CLE Hours
        (Including 1.0 EPR Hour)

Wisconsin Engineers
     6.5 PDHs
        (Including 1.0 Ethics Hour)

Certified Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

Wisconsin Geologists &
     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. The Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners has approved it for 8.0 CLE hours, which includes no EPR/GALLAU/LPM hours.

This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Wisconsin engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin engineers with continuing education requirements in other states will be able to earn the hours from this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This seminar extends a continuing education opportunity to Wisconsin geologists and hydrologists. Continuing education is not required at this time in Wisconsin.

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.


Matthew J. Frank

Attorney with Murphy Desmond S.C.

Attorney Frank’s practice focuses on environmental and energy law. He is also chair of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Practice Group. He provides experienced counsel to businesses, start-ups, municipalities, utilities, organizations and individuals in a wide range of environmental and energy matters, helping clients successfully navigate regulatory and legal challenges. Mr. Frank is a former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and assistant attorney general with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ). During his tenure as DNR secretary from 2007 through 2010, he oversaw the DNR’s regulatory and permitting programs, including air and water quality, waste and recycling, wetlands, groundwater, environmental clean-ups and brownfields restoration. Mr. Frank worked closely with businesses and communities on sustainability initiatives such as the Green Tier program and the Green Tier Legacy Communities Charter. He also worked closely on environmental and natural resource issues with officials in the Environmental Protection Agency, other federal agencies, states across the country, and Wisconsin tribal and local governments. Murphy Desmond has offices in Madison, Appleton, Janesville and Dodgeville.

Don P. Gallo

Partner at Axley Brynelson

Mr. Gallo is a partner in Axley’s Environmental practice group. He has more than 28 years of legal experience and more than 40 years of experience specializing in environmental engineering. Mr. Gallo assists clients on a broad range of environmental issues. He has dealt with cases involving wetland and waterway permitting, air permitting, hazardous waste compliance, insurance remediation cost cap coverage, and transactional issues. Additionally, Mr. Gallo has been successful in assisting owners and developers by working with them on numerous brownfield development projects. He has also assisted clients in obtaining state and federal brownfield grants, zero-interest loan funding and often insurance coverage for environmental cleanup.

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.