Law Seminars International Presents: A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Groundwater Regulation in California
New requirements, legal implications, and practical strategies for attorneys, local government, environmental and agricultural professionals

October 29 & 30, 2015
Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, CA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

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

Why You Should Order

California's new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act is perhaps the most significant water law to be passed in the last 100 years. For the first time, California will implement broad reaching regulations over groundwater that will be phased in over the next several years. These new requirements will substantially affect future decisions in the areas of land use, the environment, agriculture and municipal 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 the new Act. Topics include statewide perspectives in groundwater management, legal implications of the new laws, practical approaches and requirements for forming Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans, the role of state agencies, funding issues, and practical examples of how real life groundwater disputes are resolved today.

This comprehensive conference will provide local government, agricultural, environmental, attorney and consultant interests with a working knowledge of how to plan for the future under the new groundwater legislation.

~Program Co-Chairs: Paeter E. Garcia, Esq., Best Best & Krieger LLP and Scott A. Morris, Esq., Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

What You Will Learn


Thursday, October 29, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Paeter E. Garcia, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

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

8:45 am

Groundwater Geohydrology Science and Engineering

Key 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., Principal Geohydrologist
GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc. / Claremont, CA

Impact of the drought and the current status of groundwater basins in California

Anthony Brown, Founder, CEO and Principal Hydrologist
Aquilogic / Costa Mesa, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Existing Groundwater Law and What the New Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Changes

Learning the water rights rules for allocating groundwater among competing users, how court adjudications apply those rules, and assessing your starting position under groundwater rights law to evaluate, shape or challenge new Sustainability Plans

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

Where the Sustainable Groundwater Act applies; major components; what the goal of "sustainable" groundwater use means; how local Sustainability Agencies will be designated; when plans must be adopted; tools for implementation

John C. Heintz, Esq.
Latham & Watkins LLP / Los Angeles, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Development of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and Plans (GSPs)

Possible agencies; Joint Powers Authorities (JPAs); other agreements; role of LAFCOs (Local Agency Formation Commissions); timing requirements; stakeholder participation; notices and hearings; provisions for resolving disputes over formation of the GSA

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

Local Sustainability Plans: Elements of a plan; sustainable yield determinations; tools (e.g. pumping reductions) and powers (e.g. adjudicated basins) for getting to a safe yield

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

Engineering pros and cons of project strategies for achieving sustainable groundwater basins: Surface water storage; recycled water; water transfers; desalinization

Adam Hutchinson, P.G., Recharge Planning Manager
Orange County Water District / Fountain Valley, CA

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Groundwater Sustainability and the Future for California Agriculture

Issues at the intersection of water rights and water markets: Is it simply the price at which municipal water systems will buy agricultural water rights?

Daniel M. Dooley, Esq., Principal
New Current Water & Land / Sacramento, CA

4:15 pm

Prospects for Additional Legislation

The how and why of what has happened in the legislature to date and the political pressure points likely to lead to future action

Louie A. Brown, Jr., Esq.
Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP / Sacramento, 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


Friday, October 30, 2015

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Paeter E. Garcia, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

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

8:45 am

Relationship Between Planning Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Other Planning Requirements and Processes

Relationship to land use planning (general plans and other land use decisions) and existing water supply analyses (IRWMPs, UWMPs, WSAs, WVs, CEQA)

Paeter E. Garcia, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Brian Boxer, AICP, Sr. VP, Northern CA Regional Director and Community Development Leader
Environmental Science Associates / Sacramento, CA

Kirby Brill, P.E., General Manager
Mojave Water Agency / Apple Valley, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

New Department of Water Resources (DWR) Regulations on How to Define Boundaries

Provisions and the technical expertise you'll need to have on board to effectively participate in the process

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

11:15 am

Financing Issues

Proposition 218: How the courts have interpreted its scope and the requirements that total fees not exceed the cost of service and that individual rates not exceed the cost attributable to the parcel; impact on recovery of administrative costs

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Resolving Groundwater Disputes: Options When Informal Methods, Such as Mediation, Fail

Groundwater adjudications: How the process currently works and prospects for legislative changes for streamlining future adjudications

Eric L. Garner, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

2:00 pm

What to Expect in Terms of State Assistance and Involvement

DWR technical assistance

Timothy Ross, Ph.D., Groundwater Section Chief, Southern Region Office
California Department of Water Resources / Glendale, 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 AICP CM (pending) and 11.25 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

Paeter E. Garcia, Program Co-Chair, partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, focuses on water rights, water supply planning, and environmental and natural resources law and represents clients on water law and policy matters, such as surface and groundwater right issues, water transactions and conveyance, and groundwater management and storage arrangements.

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.
Full bio and contact info for Scott A. Morris at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Brian Boxer, Senior Vice President, Northern California Regional Director and Community Development Practice Leader, 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.

Kirby Brill, General Manager, Mojave Water Agency, is experienced in water resources management. Previously, he was the Executive Director at San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority.

Anthony Brown, Founder, CEO, and Principal Hydrologist, Aquilogic, is experienced in infrastructure engineering and environmental consulting, with a focus on water resources, environmental engineering, and water treatment & supply. Previously, he was Senior Vice-President at WorleyParsons Ltd.

Louie A. Brown, Jr., partner, Kahn, Soares & Conway, LLP, manages the firm's Government Relations Group representing clients before the California State Legislature and state administrative agencies. He specializes in providing clients with expert advice in maneuvering through California's complex legislative and administrative process.

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.
Full bio and contact info for Jonathan P. Cristy at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Daniel M. Dooley is Principal at New Current Water & Land. Previously, he was Vice President, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Senior Vice President, External Relations at the University of California.

Anona L. Dutton, Vice President, Erler & Kalinowski, Inc., manages efforts to secure 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, and securing water transfer options.

Eric L. Garner, Managing Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP, 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.

John C. Heintz, Latham & Watkins LLP, is a member of the firm's Environment, Land & Resources Department. He is also a member of the firm's Cleantech and Energy - Power industry groups. He focuses on infrastructure siting, environmental regulatory compliance and environmental litigation.

Adam Hutchinson, Recharge Planning Manager, Orange County Water District, is responsible for testing and evaluating new methods to increase the capacity of the existing recharge system, planning for future expansion of the recharge system, and assisting recharge operations in developing optimization strategies.

Jeremy N. Jungreis, senior counsel in the Government & Regulatory Section at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, focuses 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.

Iris Priestaf, Ph.D., President, Todd Groundwater, is experienced in groundwater investigations, combining research and teaching at the university level and has consulted on numerous projects involving groundwater basin characterization, development, planning and management.

Eric N. Robinson, shareholder and manager of the natural resources practice group at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard, represents public and private sector clients in the fields of natural resources and environmental law.
Full bio and contact info for Eric N. Robinson at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard

Timothy Ross, Ph.D., Groundwater Section Chief, Southern Region Office, California Department of Water Resources, supervises groundwater and geology investigations and works on the CASGEM, Sustainable Groundwater Management, and Well Completion Reports programs for Southern California.

Lindsay A. Swain, Principal Geohydrologist, GEOSCIENCE Support Services, Inc., is experienced in hydrologic environments from desert to rain forest throughout the United States. Recently he has been preparing Water District data for the new California Groundwater Sustainability Law implementation.

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