Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Conference on Implementation of

Sustainable Groundwater in California
The mechanics and implications of the SGMA on water resources, land use, municipal and agricultural water use

June 6 & 7, 2016
Courtyard Marriott Sacramento Midtown in Sacramento, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, environmental, real estate and agricultural professionals, corporate managers, governmental officials, Tribal representatives, resource managers, planners and landowners

Why You Should Order

California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is in full swing. For the first time in the state's history, SGMA requires local agencies to develop and implement plans to achieve sustainable groundwater management for basins designated as medium or high priority by the California Department of Water Resources. New regulations have been adopted and others are being prepared that will shape the technical, practical, legal and political landscape for groundwater management throughout California. In some regions, the SGMA process is unfolding cooperatively, while in others the battle lines are being drawn. SGMA is a game changer and the stakes are tremendously high, as the new law and regulations will affect water resource and environmental management, land use decision making, municipal and agricultural water use, and many other aspects of California life.

Join industry experts, leading attorneys and agency officials for a two-day conference regarding the mechanics and implications of SGMA. Topics include statewide perspectives in groundwater management, legal implications of the new law and regulations, practical approaches and requirements for forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans, the roles of state and local agencies, funding issues, and practical examples of how real life groundwater disputes are resolved today.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Scott A. Morris, Esq. of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard and Deborah A. Wordham, Esq. of Best Best & Krieger LLP

What You Will Learn


Monday, June 06, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Scott A. Morris, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard / Sacramento, CA

Deborah A. Wordham, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

8:45 am

Update on How the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Currently Fits into Statewide and Regional Water Planning

Water as the elephant in the room: Where water policy and supply are going

David Sandino, Esq., Chief Counsel
California Department of Water Resources / Sacramento, CA

9:30 am

Subsurface Hydrology and Groundwater Under SGMA

Technical issues involving the interaction of surface and groundwater, including subsurface flows and the boundary between surface and groundwater; aquifer analysis techniques for groundwater flows, the impact of groundwater wells, and related topics

Lindsay A. Swain, P.G., Senior Geohydrologist
GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc. / Claremont, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Update on Groundwater Rights and Adjudication Processes

Update on water rights rules for allocating groundwater; surface water storage (when water in the ground is not groundwater); relationship between groundwater rights law and Sustainability Plans

Eric N. Robinson, Esq.
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard / Sacramento, CA

Groundwater adjudications: How adjudications apply groundwater rights law; how procedures currently work and current legislative changes for streamlining future adjudications

Russell M. McGlothlin, Esq.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP / Santa Barbara, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Public Trust Doctrine as a Limit on Use

Overview of the Doctrine as it relates to surface and groundwater law

Roderick E. Walston, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Walnut Creek, CA

Perspectives on the implications for groundwater planning under SGMA

John Briscoe, Esq.
Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP / San Francisco, CA

Antonio Rossmann, Esq.
Rossmann and Moore LLP / Berkeley, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Progress Report on Development of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and Plans (GSPs)

Current and resolved legal issues involving Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs) and Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs); impact of recent rule changes; what's been formed and update on disputes over formation of GSAs

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Esq.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP / Costa Mesa, CA

Current and resolved technical issues involving Local Sustainability Plans: Progress towards reliable sustainable yield determinations and implementation for getting to sustainability

Iris Priestaf, Ph.D., President
Todd Groundwater / Alameda, CA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Best Best & Krieger LLP and Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard


Tuesday, June 07, 2016

8:30 am

Achieving Sustainability by Increasing Supply

Using groundwater for storage and "capturing El Niņo": Recharge, groundwater as a natural "bank", conjunctive use, groundwater banking; groundwater storage to benefit groundwater dependent ecosystems; increasing recharge in the agricultural landscape

Thomas Harter, Ph.D., Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrologist
UC Dept of Land Air & Water Resources / Davis, CA

Penciling out alternative project strategies: Update on options including surface water storage; recycling water; water transfers; desalinization

John Woodling, Executive Director
Regional Water Authority / Citrus Heights, CA

10:00 am

Market Based Solutions for Municipal Water Systems: The Implications for the Future of California Agriculture

Market update for acquisition of agricultural water rights by municipal water systems; water change of use and location issues; potential implications of having agricultural water rights concentrated into a few individuals or entities

Ernest A. Conant, Esq.
Young Woolridge LLP / Bakersfield, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

State Implementation Initiatives and Project Assistance Resources

Update on new Department of Water Resources (DWR) regulations

Dan McManus, P.G., Regional Planning Branch Chief, Northern Region Office
California Department of Water Resources / Sacramento, CA

Practical tips for dealing with the new regulations

Anona L. Dutton, P.G., Vice President
Erler & Kalinowski, Inc. / Burlingame, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Water Supply Projects and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Update on amendments to fine tune CEQA for dealing with groundwater management issues

Brian Boxer, AICP, Senior Vice President, Northern California Regional Director
Environmental Science Associates / Sacramento, CA

2:15 pm

Financing Issues

SGMA and cost recovery under Proposition 218: Update on recent decisions and how they impact project planning; issues still to be resolved and tips for dealing with the resulting uncertainty

Jonathan P. Cristy, Esq.
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard / Sacramento, CA

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance 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 11.5 AICP CM (pending) and 11.75 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

Scott A. Morris, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, focuses on natural resources, land use, and water law and represents clients on water rights, water transfers, environmental law, hazardous materials, mining and development permits.

Deborah A. Wordham, Program Co-Chair, of counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP, focuses on water rights, water quality, endangered species, the California Environmental Quality Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and related fields of environmental and natural resources law. Previously, she was a deputy attorney general with the California Attorney General's office where she represented several state natural resources agencies.

Brian Boxer, AICP, Senior Vice President, Northern California Regional Director, Environmental Science Associates, focuses on integrating environmental planning and documentation, community planning, and project development that results in improved projects, informed policy and collaborative decision-making.

John Briscoe, partner, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP, represents water, oil, mining and real-estate interests, title insurers, the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Georgia, California, and Guam port authorities, and many city and county governments in real property and environmental litigation. He was previously a deputy attorney general with the State of California.

Ernest A. Conant, partner, Young Wooldridge, LLP, focuses on water law and public agency matters. He has been general counsel for several public agencies, including assisting with the development of the Semitropic and Arvin-Edison Water Storage District's water banking programs, which temporarily store water for various agencies throughout the state.

Jonathan P. Cristy, shareholder, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, represents cities, school districts, water agencies, community services districts, and other public agencies in public finance, and primarily serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, or agency counsel to these public entities in connection with their debt financings.

Anona L. Dutton, Vice President, Erler & Kalinowski, Inc., manages efforts to secure and manage reliable water supplies for water agencies and developers, including leading the technical efforts to minimize the water footprint of new and existing development, assessing groundwater and surface water supply yields, installing groundwater wells, securing water transfer options, and supporting strategic SGMA implementation.

Thomas Harter, Ph.D, Cooperative Extension Groundwater Hydrologist, University of California Department of Land Air & Water Resources, focuses on nonpoint-source pollution of groundwater, sustainable groundwater management, groundwater modeling, groundwater resources evaluation under uncertainty, groundwater-surface water interaction, and on contaminant transport.

Jeremy N. Jungreis, senior counsel in the Government & Regulatory Section at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, focuses on environmental compliance and litigation, land use/natural resource strategies, water rights, water supply development projects, public agency law, utility law, strategic planning/coalition building, and governmental relations.

Russell M. McGlothlin, shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, is experienced in water use and management in California and the western United States, including water right permitting and adjudication, water transfers, conjunctive water use, water quality, and reclamation.

Dan McManus, P.G., is Regional Planning Branch Chief, Northern Region Office, California Department of Water Resources, where his primary responsibilities are supervising the groundwater and geology, data collection and management, program coordination, and the land and water use sections.

Iris Priestaf, Ph.D., President, Todd Groundwater, consults on a variety of groundwater resource management issues including groundwater basin characterization, development, and management. She prepared one of the first AB3030 groundwater management plans and provides expert support for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act compliance.

Eric N. Robinson, shareholder and manager of the water resources practice group at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, assists in obtaining and defending water supplies, including water transfers and groundwater banking transactions. He obtains and defends environmental regulatory approvals for water resource projects.

Antonio Rossmann, partner, Rossmann and Moore, LLP, practices land use and natural resources law as counsel in the Owens Valley groundwater war, the Mono Lake public trust litigation, the State Water Project Monterey Amendments challenge, the Imperial-to-San Diego Colorado River water transfer, and constitutional defense of California groundwater regulation.

David Sandino, Chief Counsel, California Department of Water Resources, works on water, environmental, and energy issues for the Department. Previously, he was lead counsel for the California Reclamation Board, which is responsible for flood control protection in the Central Valley.

Lindsay A. Swain, Senior Geohydrologist, at GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc., is experienced conducting groundwater studies. He retired from the USGS, as Chief for State of Indiana, developed one of the first solute transport groundwater models in the U.S., wrote the only study of groundwater quality for Hawaii and programed subsidence into the USGS Central Valley Model.

Roderick E. Walston, of counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP, specializes in natural resources and water law. He was Deputy Solicitor and Acting Solicitor of the Department of the Interior, Chief Assistant Attorney General for California; and General Counsel of the Metropolitan Water District. He argued California v. United States, 438 U.S. 645.

John Woodling is Executive Director of the Regional Water Authority, a coalition of water purveyors and associated agencies that was created to pursue collaborative approaches to improving the reliability, affordability, and quality of water for the region. He also leads the Sacramento Groundwater Authority, responsible for sustainably managing the groundwater basin in northern Sacramento County.