Law Seminars International Presents:

A Comprehensive Conference on the Next Phase for

Sustainable Groundwater Planning in California

Important practical legal, technical, business and regulatory information for preparing GSPs

February 5 & 6, 2018

Los Angeles, CA
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)

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Program Overview

Who Should Order

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

Why You Should Order

This installment in our series on implementation of California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) focuses on developing Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). We'll start with a brief overview of the next steps and then do a deep dive into the legal and technical details for plan development.

There is a combination of legal and technical issues for all aspects of plan development. We interweave both throughout the program. Our speakers will go beyond identifying challenges to outlining the possible solutions and offering tips for picking the best solution for specific situations. You'll end up with information and tools that you can put to work as soon as you return to the office.

We encourage you to take a careful look at the topics and speaker credentials. We think you'll find the former to be very relevant to the issues that people involved with developing GSPs will need to resolve and the latter to be very well qualified to offer advice.

Our last panel addresses the critical issue of financing options for cost recovery under Propositions 26 and 218. We hope you will join us for this very timely and informative conference.

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

What You Will Learn

  • ~ Overview of next steps for development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs)
  • ~ Basin coordination challenges and solutions
  • ~ Creative augmentation of supplies as possible plan elements
  • ~ Modeling approaches and issues for preparation of GSPs
  • ~ Legal, technical, and strategic considerations for defining sustainability
  • ~ Preparing for effective decision making: governance issues
  • ~ Legal and practical aspects of stakeholder outreach processes for GSP development
  • ~ Working with Tribes as sovereigns
  • ~ Financing options and strategies for GSP development

What Attendees Said

  • "Excellent and informative program. I really enjoyed the program."
  • "Great seminar overall."
  • "Very helpful and relevant information throughout."
  • "Well organized. Well presented."
  • "All excellent, I'll be coming again to the next one."

Agenda Day 1

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

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

8:45 am

Overview of Next Steps for Development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs)

Process for filing the notice of preparation; developing your punch card for required elements of a GSP; essential terms for coordination agreements for multiple agencies in basin doing multiple plans

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

9:15 am

Basin Coordination

Legal and practical perspectives on coordination challenges and issues (a) within a groundwater basin; (b) with adjacent basins, and (c) when an adjacent basin is on the critical list and yours is not; essential terms for coordinating agreements

Valerie C. Kincaid, Esq.
O'Laughlin & Paris LLP / Sacramento, CA

Eric L. Averett , General Manager
Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District / Bakersfield, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Creative Augmentation of Supplies as Possible Plan Elements

Update on the viability of recycled water, stormwater capture, and artificial recharge projects as options; tips for effective collaboration between Groundwater Sustainabilty Agencies (GSAs) for these projects

Jeff Barry , Principal Hydrogeologist
GSI Water Solutions Inc / Santa Barbara, CA

Aquifer Storage & Recovery case study: The Davis-Woodland Water Supply Project

Kenneth L. Loy , Principal Hydrogeologist
West Yost Associates / Davis, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Preparing to Address the Primary Technical Issues in Development of Plans: Ground Water Modeling

Cross-boundary flows between hydraulically connected sub-basins and how sustainable yield of each sub-basin will be impacted; how GSAs can make sure existing inflows/outflows are established and maintained

Vera H. Nelson, PE , Vice President
EKI Environment and Water, Inc. / Burlingame, CA

Technical and strategic considerations for defining sustainability in your GSP; monitoring wells and other options for demonstrating that you have achieved that standard

Anona L. Dutton, PG, CHG , Vice President
EKI Environment and Water, Inc. / Burlingame, CA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Ensuring Sustainability as an End Goal

Progress towards legally sufficient sustainable yield determinations; water transfers options for getting water into the basin work; potential water rights issues with options like recycling programs

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

4:15 pm

Preparing for Effective Decisionmaking: Governance Issues

Voting by landmass vs. one entity one vote; issues regarding who has jurisdiction over whom; equal protection issues

Ernest A. Conant, Esq.
Young Wooldridge LLP / Bakersfield, 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, February 06, 2018

8:30 am

Governance (cont'd)

Practical aspects of working out governance issues among GSAs and their constituents

David M. Ceppos , Associate Director & SGMA Program Manager
Center for Collaborative Policy / Sacramento, CA

9:00 am

Stakeholder Outreach Processes for GSP Development

Applying theory to practice: Legal and practical perspectives on identifying constituents and key stakeholders; due process issues

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

Dave Ceppos , Associate Director & SGMA Program Manager
Center for Collaborative Policy / Sacramento, CA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Working with Tribes as Sovereigns as Opposed to Stakeholders

Legal parameters, including requirements for Tribal consultation

Holly A. Roberson, Esq.
Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard / Sacramento, CA

Nicole Kuenzi, Esq. , Staff Counsel
State Water Resources Control Board / Sacramento, CA

Practical tips for working with Tribes as governing bodies

Anecita Agustinez , Tribal Policy Advisor
California Department of Water Resources / Sacramento, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Financing Options and Strategies for GSP Development

Initial plan development: Perspectives on whether it is possible, or desirable to try to structure initial planning to avoid falling under Proposition 218; anticipating rate setting issues under Propositions 26 and 218

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

Lutfi Z. Kharuf, Esq.
Best Best & Krieger LLP / Los Angeles, CA

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Scott A. Morris, Scott A. Morris, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. His practice focuses on natural resources, land use, and water law including water rights and water transfers.

Deborah A. Wordham, Deborah A. Wordham, Program Co-Chair, is of counsel at Best Best & Krieger LLP. She focuses on water rights, water quality, and water resources. Previously, she was a Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General's office.

Anecita Agustinez, Anecita Agustinez, a Tribal citizen of the Dine (Navajo) Nation, is Tribal Policy Advisor for The California Department of Water Resources. She previously served as the Native American Liaison and Manager of the Office of Legislative and External Affairs and the Office of Health Access at the Department of Health Care Services.

Steve M. Anderson Steve M. Anderson is a partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP. He works on water supply, water quality, endangered species, environmental mitigation, conservation easements and other natural resource law matters.

Eric L. Averett Eric L. Averett is the General Manager of the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District.

Jeff Barry Jeff Barry is founding principal of GSI Water Solutions Inc and heads the Santa Barbara office. With more than 30 years of experience conducting hydrogeologic and groundwater resource development projects, he helps clients assess and develop groundwater supplies and establish strategies for sustainable groundwater management.

Dave Ceppos is Dave Ceppos is Associate Director & SGMA Program Manager for the Center for Collaborative Policy, a program of the California State University at Sacramento. He is experienced in watershed and natural resource planning, ecological assessment, hydrology, flood risk reduction planning, hazardous waste management, and habitat restoration.

Ernest A. Conant Ernest A. Conant is a partner at Young Wooldridge LLP. He assisted with development of the Semitropic and Arvin-Edison Water Storage Districts water banking programs, which temporarily stored water for agencies throughout the state.

Jonathan P. Cristy Jonathan P. Cristy is a shareholder at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. He represents cities, school districts, water agencies, community services districts, and other public agencies in public finance.

Anona L. Dutton, PG, CHG, Anona L. Dutton, PG, CHG, is Vice President at EKI Environment and Water, Inc., where she has managed efforts to secure reliable water supplies for water agencies and developers. This includes 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.

Jeremy N. Jungreis, Jeremy N. Jungreis, is a partner in the Government and Regulatory group of Rutan & Tucker LLP. He focuses on the development of local water supplies including resource strategies, water supply development, water rights, permitting, planning/coalition building, and governmental relations.

Lutfi Z. Kharuf Lutfi Z. Kharuf is a member of the Special Districts and Public Finance practice groups at Best Best & Krieger LLP. He works with clients on compliance with Propositions 218 and 26, rate setting, and issuing bonds.

Valerie C. Kincaid Valerie C. Kincaid is a partner at O'Laughlin & Paris LLP where she focuses her practice on water law, and handles environmental law issues related to the use of water resources. This includes state and federal endangered species law, habitat conservation planning, public trust issues, and state and federal environmental regulations.

Nicole Kuenzi Nicole Kuenzi is a Staff Counsel with the State Water Resources Control Board, where she advises the Division of Water Rights and the Board's Groundwater Management Unit.

Kenneth L. Loy Kenneth L. Loy is a Principal Hydrogeologist and Project Manager for West Yost Associates. He works for municipal, agency and industry clients on ASR wells; well evaluation and rehabilitation; water master planning; groundwater management planning; EIS/EIR technical support; litigation support; water and wastewater regulatory compliance; and preparation of grant applications.

Vera H. Nelson, PE, Vera H. Nelson, PE, is Vice President at EKI Environment and Water, Inc., where she performs hydrogeological studies, water resource evaluations, and provides litigation support services. She has worked for over 30 years on issues related to groundwater quality and sustainability that currently govern Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requirements being implemented throughout California.

Holly A. Roberson Holly A. Roberson served as Land Use Counsel at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) before joining Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. At OPR, she worked on Tribal cultural resources; the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), drought issues, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 11.75 California MCLE credits and we have applied for 11.5 AICP planner 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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