Law Seminars International Presents: An Intensive One-Day Technical Workshop on

The Science and Law of Water in California
Using the Science to Resolve Water Disputes

September 17, 2015
DoubleTree Guest Suites Santa Monica Hotel in Santa Monica, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, consultants, real estate developers, water users, water suppliers, public agencies and tribal representatives and anyone else involved in water issues in California

Why You Should Order

California is in the midst of an historic drought. Surface water deliveries are at an all-time low and many groundwater basins are being significantly drawn down. As the State, other public agencies, and private interests struggle with how to maintain supplies in the short and long term, as well as protect the environment and comply with environmental regulations, understanding how hydrology and the law interrelate has never been more important.

This informative seminar will explain the basics of hydrology and how it interacts with the law in California for the benefit of practitioners in both fields. In particular, leading experts in both fields will examine the relationship between hydrology and the law as it relates to water quality, endangered species, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and proposed groundwater legislation, as well as how hydrology comes into play during litigation.

This intensive seminar will help practitioners in both fields improve their overall understanding of these very interrelated fields just as water issues are front page news. We hope to see you there.

~ Eric L. Garner, Esq. of Best Best & Krieger LLP and Peter Quinlan of Dudek, Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Thursday, September 17, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Overview of the program focus on effective use of science for supporting your position on water issues: The law prefers certainty, but science is complex and evolving

Eric L. Garner, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Peter Quinlan, Program Co-Chair
Dudek / Encinitas, CA

8:45 am

The Policy Backdrop for Resolving Water Disputes

Water supply forecast and current state policy priorities for addressing the drought and implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA)

James E. Mizell, Esq., Senior Attorney
California Department of Water Resources / Sacramento, CA

9:15 am

Scientific Update on the Interaction of Surface and Groundwater

Key technical issues arising from SGMA: Subsurface flows and the challenge of defining the boundary between surface and groundwater; aquifer analysis; recharge and related topics

Peter Quinlan, Program Co-Chair
Dudek / Encinitas, CA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Groundwater Quality: Complying with Federal and State Regulations and Technical Requirements

Regional cleanups: Case study of cleanup efforts for San Fernando Basin groundwater contamination

Steven L. Hoch, Esq.
Morris Polich & Purdy LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Tips for using science to defend against groundwater contamination claims

Stephen C. Lewis, Esq.
Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP / San Francisco, CA

The Science Behind Water Quality Regulation

Jill Weinberger, Ph.D., P.G., Senior Geologist
Dudek / Encinitas, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Surface Water: Identifying and Maintaining Adequate Stream Flows for Fish and Wetland Habitat for Birds

Legal issues at the intersection of the Endangered Species Act and the way the drought and implementation of SGMA will impact stream flows

Steve M. Anderson, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Riverside, CA

Fish biology: Strengths and weaknesses in the scientific methodologies for measuring the water characteristics required for species survival

Carl L. Demetropolus, Ph.D., Fisheries Biologist
BonTerra Psomas / Santa Ana, CA

Mitigation banks in general; the entitlement process, and how to address drought issues when assisting clients in developing mitigation/conservation banks

Michael N. Josselyn, Ph.D. PWS, Founder and Principal
WRA Inc. / San Rafael, CA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Defining Basins from a Hydrologic Perspective: What are the Boundaries?

Overview of the statutory structure including SGMA provisions; how the modeling works; areas of certainty and uncertainty; tips for selecting the most cost-effective approach

Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., Chairman and Principal Hydrologist
Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. / Albuquerque, NM

3:45 pm

Preparing to Participate in the Groundwater Sustainability Planning and Adjudication Processes

Why it's important

Eric L. Garner, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Engineer's perspective on what it takes to put on a persuasive case

Dennis E. Williams, Ph.D., Founder and President
GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc. / Claremont, CA

Preparing effective marching orders for technical consultants: Anticipating and preparing to address the technical issues for a hypothetical adjudication

Scott K. Kuney, Esq.
Young Wooldridge, LLP / Bakersfield, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $495 with a group rate of $370 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $330. For students, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, our rate is $247.50. 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 6.5 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

Eric L. Garner, Program Co-Chair, Managing Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, is one of the leading authorities on water law in California. He has litigated cases and negotiated key agreements involving major water bodies across the state, including the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the Mojave River, the Santa Ana River, and the Santa Maria, Chino, Monterey and Antelope Valley groundwater basins.
Full bio and contact info for Eric L. Garner at Best Best & Krieger LLP

Peter Quinlan, Program Co-Chair, Vice President and Hydrogeology Practice Leader, Dudek, founded the Hydrogeology practice at Dudek and has worked on a variety of water supply projects, including assertion of Pueblo Rights and associated potential litigation, involving the potential environmental impacts of development and groundwater production on riparian habitat.
Full bio and contact info for Peter Quinlan at Dudek

Steve M. Anderson, partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, focuses on environmental, water and natural resources law. He works on water supply, water quality, endangered species, environmental mitigation, conservation easements and other natural resource law matters.
Full bio and contact info for Steve M. Anderson at Best Best & Krieger LLP

Carl L. Demetropoulos, Ph.D., Wildlife and Lead Fisheries Biologist for BonTerra Psomas, analyzes sensitive terrestrial and freshwater/marine aquatic wildlife. He specializes in aquatic habitat surveys of benthic macroinvertebrates and fish; Essential Fish Habitat (EFH); larval recruitment; and micro/macro algae.

Steven L. Hoch, partner, Morris Polich & Purdy LLP, is experienced with federal and state environmental laws and regulations in the context of permitting, regulatory proceedings, litigation and public policy formation and advice, relating to groundwater issues, groundwater contamination, hazardous substances and waste handling practices, and soil erosion and contamination.
Full bio and contact info for Steven L. Hoch at Morris Polich & Purdy LLP

Michael N. Josselyn, Ph.D. PWS, is the Founder and Principal of WRA, Inc. (Wetlands Research Associates). He is an expert on wetland ecology and restoration working on large scale restoration and mitigation bank projects throughout California.

Scott K. Kuney, senior partner, Young Wooldridge, LLP, specializes in water rights, Federal Reclamation Law and Endangered Species Act, CEQA and eminent domain litigation.

Stephen C. Lewis, founding partner of Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP, specializes in the defense of complex personal injury, property damage, and products liability claims arising out of alleged soil and groundwater contamination by agricultural and industrial chemicals.
Full bio and contact info for Stephen C. Lewis at Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP

James E. Mizell, Senior Attorney, California Department of Water Resources, represents DWR in administrative and quasi-adjudicatory proceedings before the State Water Resources Control Board, in protecting water rights, water quality regulations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and water contracting issues.

Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., Chairman and Principal Hydrologist, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc., is experienced in hydrogeology, including water resources development, water quality, and vadose zone hydrology.

Jill Weinberger, Ph.D., P.G., Senior Geologist, Dudek specializes in groundwater hydrology, including the design and implementation of water resource investigations, management, oversight and analysis of water quality investigations, ecohydrology, and marine hydrology.

Dennis E. Williams, Ph.D., Founder and President, GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc., is experienced in groundwater hydrology including the design and supervision of large-scale municipal water supply wells.