Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on Legal and Technical Issues for

Finding "New" Water
Options for overcoming drought and diversifying water portfolios

October 5 & 6, 2015
DoubleTree Anaheim Resort in Anaheim, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, environmental and real estate professionals, agricultural businesses, environmental groups and governmental officials, resource managers and planners

Why You Should Order

Hurry and sign up, the Conference on finding "new" water is next wee! California is at a crossroads. Urban conservation, temporary curtailments, increased water rates, and reductions in allocations are proving to be unpopular and inadequate water management strategies. With imported water supplies becoming less reliable and more expensive, environmental regulations expanding, and new mandates for stormwater and wastewater to be put to beneficial use, Californians are developing sources of "new water" that were simply discarded in the past. Local communities are turning to highly purified recycled water, captured stormwater, remediated groundwater, and desalination (ocean and brackish groundwater) to diversify their water supply portfolios.

This timely conference thoroughly assesses each of these "new water" options, identifies obstacles, and provides solutions to deliver new sources of supply. If done correctly, the development of these local supplies can serve dual purposes: creating an economical and highly reliable resource, while complying with difficult new water quality regulations.

Our experienced faculty brings together legal and technical experts who are actively engaged in the policy and practice of developing "new water" to support economic growth and development, achieve environmental compliance and sustainability, protect public health, and reduce reliance on costly imported water. The conference also gives participants an opportunity to tour one of the world's largest "new" water projects, Orange County Water District's Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), which produces 100 million gallons per day of pure water from once-discarded wastewater. This comprehensive conference will provide local government, agricultural businesses, environmental groups, attorneys and consultants with a working knowledge of how to diversify their portfolios with sustainable sources of local supply while at the same time improving the environment and quality of life.

Program Co-Chairs: Jeremy N. Jungreis, Esq., Rutan & Tucker LLP and Michele A. Staples, Esq., Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Monday, October 05, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Rutan & Tucker LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

Michele A. Staples, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh / Irvine, CA

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: Innovative Solutions Beyond Sharing the Shortage

Frances Spivy-Weber, Vice Chair
CA EPA State Water Resources Control Board / Sacramento, CA

9:15 am

Creating New Supplies Through Rehabilitation of Contaminated Groundwater

A water supply agency consults with legal and technical experts on the potential issues for transforming "unusable" groundwater with legacy contamination into a safe, reliable and cost effective source of supply

Summer L. Nastich, Esq.
Morris Polich & Purdy LLP / San Francisco, CA

Farid Achour, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor
Ramboll-Environ North America / Irvine, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

New Regulations and Other Developments for Creating New Supplies Through Desalination (Ocean and Brackish Groundwater)

Update on the provisions of the new State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Desalination Amendment

Jonathan Bishop, Chief Deputy Director
CA EPA State Water Resources Control Board / Sacramento, CA

Desalination case studies: How California water suppliers and public-private partnerships are transforming the ocean and saline groundwater supplies into productive and plentiful sources of potable water

Kelly S. Huffman, Esq., General Counsel
Poseidon Water LLC / Boston, MA

Larry B. McKenney, Esq., Executive Counsel
Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority / Riverside, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Local Options and Solutions for Permitting New Development During a Drought

Water supply assessment requirements; building code revisions requiring installation of dual water pumps; provisions in California law allowing homeowners to install their own recycled water capture systems; potential pitfalls and tips for avoiding them

Michele A. Staples, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh / Irvine, CA

Regulator, supplier and developer perspectives on innovative local solutions

Juan C. Perez, P.E., Director
Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency / Riverside, CA

Gregory P. Powers, Esq.
Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh / Irvine, CA

Shanda M. Beltran, Esq., Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC) / Irvine, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Overcoming Financing Constraints for Water Supply Projects

Rate level and structure issues arising from the constraints in Proposition 218 and Proposition 26

Benjamin (Ben) T. Benumof, Ph.D., Esq.
Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens, LLP / San Diego, CA

Tips for structuring traditional public agency finance packages

Andrea Roess, Managing Director
David Taussig & Associates / Newport Beach, CA

Recycled water, new water supplies and financing of water infrastructure

Brian D. Cullen, President
PERC Water Corporation / Costa Mesa, CA

Legal perspective

S. Wayne Rosenbaum, Esq.
Opper & Varco LLP / San Diego, CA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh and Rutan & Tucker LLP


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

8:30 am

Water Rights and Quality Issues in Stormwater Capture

Complying with requirements under existing stormwater permits and water quality regulations; the myriad water rights and regulatory permitting considerations in large-scale stormwater capture projects

Michael Recupero, Esq., Principal
Recupero & Associates, Inc. / Santa Ana, CA

Mary Lynn K. Coffee, Esq.
Nossaman LLP / Irvine, CA

Richard Haimann, National Stormwater Technical Advisor
HDR, Inc. / Irvine, CA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Recycled Water Projects: Issues and Strategies for Obtaining Regulatory Approvals

Developing non-potable water supplies that improve overall efficiency and satisfy drought regulations: Tips for permitting different types of recycled water projects

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Esq., Moderator, Program Co-Chair
Rutan & Tucker LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

Shawn D. Hagerty, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / San Diego, CA

Paul D. Jones, II, P.E., General Manager
Eastern Municipal Water District / Perris, CA

11:45 am

Orientation for the Tour of the Orange County Water District (OWCD) Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS)

An insider's view of a renowned "new water" program

Roy Herndon, Chief Hydrogeologist
Orange County Water District / Fountain Valley, CA

12:00 pm

Bus Departs for Field Trip to World- Renowned "New Water" Project OCWD GWRS

12:30 pm

Lunch at OCWD GWRS Santa Ana River Replenishment Facilities

1:00 pm

Tour of the Replenishment Facilities

1:30 pm

Bus to OCWD Water Purification Facility in Fountain Valley

2:00 pm

Tour of the Water Purification Facility

3:30 pm

Return Trip with Q & A on the Bus

4:00 pm

Arrive Back at Hotel: Evaluations & Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $670 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $595. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 9.75 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Program Co-Chair, Rutan & Tucker LLP, is a senior counsel in the Government and Regulatory section with particular emphasis on the development of local water supplies. His practice includes environmental compliance and litigation, land use/natural resource strategies, water rights -- permitting and protection, water supply development, public agency law, utility law, strategic planning/coalition building, and governmental relations.

Michele A. Staples, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh, is lead land use and water supply counsel advising and representing agricultural businesses, developers, landowners, water suppliers, and aggregate project developers in processing and defending entitlements, environmental compliance, water rights, water supply assessments, water quality, endangered species, and habitat conservation plan proceedings.

Farid Achour, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor, Ramboll-Environ North America, is a groundwater hydrologist emphasizing hydrogeologic mapping, analysis of groundwater flow systems, quantitative analysis of groundwater flow and solute transport including evaluation and protection of groundwater resources, and remedial measures in porous and fractured medias.

Shanda M. Beltran, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, BIASC, is experienced in land use, natural resources, and environmental law and serves as the General Counsel of the BILD Foundation, which monitors and participates in litigation and regulatory processes.

Benjamin (Ben) T. Benumof, Ph.D., is special counsel to Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens, LLP, has experience in bench and jury trials, complex binding and non-binding arbitrations, mediations and appellate work in state and federal courts, with an emphasis in high-profile land use and water law matters.

Jonathan Bishop is Chief Deputy Director at the CA EPA State Water Resources Control Board where he oversees the Division of Water Quality and the Division of Financial Assistance.

Mary Lynn K. Coffee, partner, Nossaman LLP, provides strategies, counsel, and advice for preparing and successfully obtaining and defending, and administratively challenging and moderating the requirements of general and individual Clean Water Act Section 402 NPDES Discharge Permits.

Brian D. Cullen, President, PERC Water Corporation.

Shawn D. Hagerty, partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Chair of the Municipal Law Practice Group's NPDES/Stormwater sub-group, provides advisory and litigation services on water quality issues under the Clean Water Act and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.

Richard Haimann, PE, D.WRE, CPSWQ, CPESC, QSD, National Stormwater Technical Advisor, HDR, Inc., is experienced in environmental and water resources planning and engineering and has helped cities, counties, and industrial clients comply with stormwater regulations.

Roy Herndon, Chief Hydrogeologist, Orange County Water District (OCWD), has directed the activities of OCWDs Hydrogeology Department, including numerical groundwater flow modeling, performance evaluation and improvement of two seawater intrusion barriers, basin-wide and local-scale groundwater level and quality monitoring programs and investigations.

Kelly S. Huffman, General Counsel, Poseidon Water LLC, is involved in all legal aspects of the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of Poseidon's projects, including the Carlsbad Desalination Project. He also has experience in a broad variety of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and corporate governance and compliance work.

Paul D. Jones II, P.E., General Manager, Eastern Municipal Water District, focuses on innovations in water supply portfolio diversity, water recycling, renewable energy management, environmentally sustainable infrastructure development and water use efficiency.

Larry B. McKenney, Executive Counsel, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA), represents the Municipal Water District of Orange County and is on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Summer L. Nastich, partner, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, specializes in environmental litigation and construction law and focuses on remediation projects, regulatory issues, materials handling compliance, release reporting and related disputes.

Juan C. Perez, P.E., Director, Riverside County Transportation and Land Management Agency, is a Registered Civil and Registered Traffic Engineer. The agency oversees the Transportation, Planning, Code Enforcement, and Building and Safety functions for the unincorporated County.

Gregory P. Powers, shareholder, Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh, focuses on land use planning and development entitlements, environmental compliance and regulatory matters. He advises developers and public agencies in connection with residential, commercial, and mixed-use land development projects in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Michael Recupero, Principal, Recupero & Associates, Inc., assists landowners, cities and businesses in negotiating regulatory, entitlement and environmental approvals for infrastructure, planning and development projects, including compliance with existing and proposed environmental regulations affecting businesses, private and public development.

Andrea Roess, Managing Director, David Taussig and Associates, helps public agency clients establish and implement programs to fund public infrastructure and services; established and manages DTA's water, sewer, and stormwater practice and is a leader in the development of PACE Programs.

S. Wayne Rosenbaum, partner, Opper & Varco LLP, practices in the areas of environment, land use and natural resources, with an emphasis on water quality and land use laws affecting infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

Frances Spivy-Weber is Vice Chair of CA EPA State Water Resources Control Board. Before being appointed to the Board she was Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee, Member of the Bay-Delta Public Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of its Water Use Efficiency Committee.