Law Seminars International Presents:

A comprehensive seminar on

Developing Water Resources in Southern California

New strategies, regulations and technologies

June 8, 2017

Los Angeles, CA
Regrettably, we've had to cancel this program

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Los Angeles - CA


Who Should Attend

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

Why You Should Attend

This seminar provides a valuable and up-to-date guide on developing water resources for Southern California. To begin, a special address by Michael Sabbaghian, Chief of the Southern Regional Office, California Department Water Resources, will provide a look at what is happening around the State, how the Department sees the challenges and what needs to happen next.

From a technical and economic perspective, Mark E. Krebs, PE, President of PACE, will discuss the most promising possibilities for water resource development, where the resources are located and how they pencil out. An expert panel will discuss recycled water as a source, and provide an update on the Blue Ribbon report. The next panel will provide valuable information on stormwater capture and reuse, and in a final panel, you will hear exciting innovations in technology; strategies to achieve local water reliability by diversifying portfolios, building industry innovations; challenges to expanding water supply; a case study of the Carlsbad desalination plant and Public-Private Partnership (P3) strategies.

For anyone involved in Southern California water issues, this is information you will want to have. Register soon.

Program Co-Chairs: Ryan Baron, Esq., Best Best & Krieger LLP, Jeremy N. Jungreis, Esq., Rutan & Tucker LLP and Michele Staples, Esq., Jackson Tidus

What You Will Learn

  • Water resource development from state policy, technical and economic perspectives
  • Recycled water as a source of supply
  • Innovations in technology and strategic partnerships that further water self-sufficiency
  • Stormwater capture and reuse


Thursday, June 08, 2017

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Ryan Baron, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Irvine, CA

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

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

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: Water Resource Development from a State Policy Perspective

What's happening around the state, how we see the challenges, and what needs to happen next

Michael Sabbaghian , Southern Region Office Chief
California Department of Water Resources / Sacramento, CA

9:30 am

Water Resource Development from a Technical and Economic Perspective

What are the most promising possibilities? Where are they located? How do they pencil out?

Mark E. Krebs, PE , President
PACE / Fountain Valley, CA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Recycled Water as a Source of Supply

Update on the Blue Ribbon report

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

Michael Wehner , Assistant General Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Orange County Water District / Fountain Valley, CA

James M. Fiedler , Chief Operating Officer, Water Utility Enterprise
Santa Clara Valley Water District / San Jose, CA

Jennifer West , Managing Director
WateReuse California / Sacramento, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Innovations in Technology and Strategic Partnerships that Further Water Self-Sufficiency

Successful strategies to achieve local water reliability by diversifying water portfolios

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

The Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, poised to deliver a new imported water supply

Scott S. Slater, Esq.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Building industry innovations and challenges to expanding water supply

Shanda M. Beltran, Esq. , General Counsel
Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation / Irvine, CA

Carlsbad desalination plant, Public-Private Partnership (P3) strategies and lessons learned

Kelly Huffman, Esq. , General Counsel
Poseidon Water LLC / Carlsbad, CA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Stormwater Capture and Reuse

Ryan Baron, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Irvine, CA

Shane O. Chapman , General Manager
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District / Monrovia, CA

Rafael Villegas, Jr. , Civil Engineer, Watershed Management Group
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power / Los Angeles, CA

Deborah A. Wordham, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

5:00 pm

Evaluations & Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Ryan Baron, Ryan Baron, of counsel in the Environmental Law & Natural Resources practice group, Best Best & Krieger LLP, offers strategic counsel on utility and environmental law matters. He is experienced in water, energy, air, solid waste, public utility regulation and infrastructure development. He is a former Senior Deputy to the County of Orange, where he was lead counsel to the public works department and flood control district.

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Jeremy N. Jungreis, Program Co-Chair, partner, Government and Regulatory group, Rutan & Tucker LLP, focuses 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 Staples, Michele Staples, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Jackson Tidus, advises and represents agricultural businesses, developers, landowners, water suppliers, and aggregate businesses in processing and defending land use entitlements, environmental compliance, water rights, water supply assessments, Sustainable Groundwater Management Act strategies, endangered species and habitat conservation plan proceedings.

Michael Sabbaghian, Michael Sabbaghian, Special Opening Address, Southern Regional Office Chief, California Department of Water Resources, manages projects covering environmental compliance, hydrogeologic investigations, land surveys, watermaster services, Salton Sea restoration, groundwater and water conservation.

Shanda M. Beltran, Shanda M. Beltran, General Counsel, Building Industry Legal Defense Foundation, 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.

Shane O. Chapman, Shane O. Chapman, General Manager, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, is responsible for the overall operations regarding the Colorado River Aqueduct and distribution system; five treatment plants; the oversight of its environmental health and safety, fleet operations, emergency management and security.

James M. Fiedler, James M. Fiedler, Chief Operating Officer, Water Utility Enterprise, Santa Clara Valley Water District, is responsible for leading the water supply program consisting of: water importation, surface reservoir operations and storage, groundwater management, raw and treated water delivery, drinking water treatment, water recycling and purification, and water conservation programs.

Kelly Huffman, Kelly Huffman, General Counsel, Poseidon Water LLC, was previously a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston. His experience includes domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings and corporate governance and compliance work.

Mark E. Krebs, PE, Mark E. Krebs, PE, is the President of PACE, a specialized water resource engineering company. He is experienced in land development with a specialized background in water supply, water treatment and reuse, stormwater management, river/wetland restoration and multi-benefit water infrastructure systems.

Scott Slater, c Scott Slater, c o-chair of the Natural Resources Department, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, focuses on negotiation and strategic planning for clients seeking to secure new water supplies and assists them with reliability and sustainability. He is a special water counsel to investor-owned utilities, private equity groups, private corporations, special districts, cities and large landowners.

Rafael Villegas, Civ Rafael Villegas, Civ il Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Watershed Management Group, is responsible for the efficient delivery of a wide range of stormwater capture projects. His responsibilities include coordinating/ resolving watershed management, groundwater storage, stormwater runoff and regional recharge issues.

Mike Wehner, A Mike Wehner, A ssistant General Manager, Orange County Water District (OCWD), manages Water Quality and Technology programs at the District. He was responsible for obtaining regulatory approval and public support for the Groundwater Replenishment System, the world's largest potable reuse system, which currently provides 100 MGD of high purity recycled water to prevent seawater intrusion and replenish the Orange County groundwater basin.

Jennifer West, Jennifer West, Managing Director, WateReuse California, previously worked advancing water and recycled water policy in the California Legislature and before California's regulatory agencies including the State Water Board and the Department of Water Resources. She was the Director for Water for the California Municipal Utilities Association.

Deborah A. Wordham, Deborah A. Wordham, of counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP, focuses on water rights, water quality, and water resources, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, as well as endangered species, the California Environmental Quality Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Previously, she was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General's office.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE and 6.5 AICP (pending) credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


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