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8:00 - 8:30 am MST

Morning Session
8:30 - 11:45 am MST

11:45 am - 12:45 pm MST

Afternoon Session
12:45 - 4:30 pm MST

Development of Water Laws: Quantity, Quality and Usage

Development of the common law of water rights
Statutory and regulatory limits on the exercise of water rights
Federal, state and local regulators
Development of the law on water quality preservation
Comprehensive water planning

Understanding Montana Surface Water Rights

Ownership of surface water
Regulation of surface water rights 
Obtaining surface water rights
Application and permitting process 
Amending surface water rights
Current issues in surface water rights

Understanding Montana Groundwater Rights

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

Agricultural Water Use

Wells for agricultural use
Water quality and agricultural runoff
Groundwater impacts

State and Regional Water Management and Planning

Surface water resources
Groundwater resources
Regional water planning
Montana v. Wyoming and other disputes
Tribal water rights
Future projections and challenges

Current Issues with the Clean Water Act

Status of “waters of the US” rule
Implications for future use of water
Changes in rules
Political influence on CWA

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.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

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Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Paralegals/Legal Assistants

Montana Attorneys & Paralegals
CLE Approval Pending

Montana Professional Engineers
6.5 PDHs
MSE Pending

Montana Geologists
Non-Mandatory CE

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education has applied to the State Bar of Montana for attorney CLE course approval. The application is under review, and the credit determination is pending. Current course status can be found at www.halfmoonseminars.org.

This course offers 6.5 PDHs to Montana engineers. HalfMoon Education has applied to the Montana Society of Engineers for course approval, which is pending. Professional engineers licensed in most other states will be able to claim continuing education credit for completing this seminar. Refer to specific state continuing education rules to determine eligibility or contact HalfMoon Education for assistance.

This course offers a continuing education opportunity to Montana geologists. Continuing education is not required for license maintenance in Montana.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Christopher T. Scoones

Mr. Scoones holds a major in Economics and a minor in French Studies from the University of Florida. He graduated from Vermont Law School with a J.D. degree and Master’s of Environmental Law and Policy. In law school, he was a member of the Vermont Law Review. His article analyzing water rights and Fifth Amendment taking claims was published in the Seattle Journal of Environmental Law. After law school, Mr. Scoones clerked for the Honorable Daniel A. Boucher of Montana’s 12th Judicial District Court in Havre. He then served as a Water Master with the Montana Water Court before joining Lund Law PLLC in Bozeman. His practice emphasizes water and property rights. He is admitted to the State Bars of Montana and Vermont. Most recently Mr. Scoones and Hertha Lund co-authored an article on property interests in water rights that was published in the Public Land & Resources Law Review at the University of Montana

Benjamin Sudduth

Mr. Sudduth entered private practice after working at the Montana Water Court as a Water Master for six years. At the Court, he attained an intricate knowledge of water law and the issues within it, as well as the ability to address those issues efficiently and effectively. During law school, Mr. Sudduth worked for the University of Montana’s Land Use Clinic, interned at a personal injury firm, and was an editor of the Public Lands & Resources Law Review. At the Land Use Clinic, he had the opportunity to argue the constitutionality of a county land use statute before the Montana Supreme Court. Prior to law school, Mr. Sudduth worked for a Livingston, MT, water resources engineering firm where he conducted topographical surveys, environmental assessments, and environmental monitoring for large resource companies. In addition to his legal and consulting experience, he also interned for a land trust and worked construction as a timber framer. Combined, these legal and work experiences provide a diverse array of experience that Mr. Sudduth draws upon in his representation of his clients.

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.