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

Hydrology and the Law
Effective tools for resolving water rights issues

November 24, 2014
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City in Salt Lake City, UT

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, consultants, real estate developers, agricultural and other water users, agency and Tribal representatives and anyone else involved in water issues in Utah

Why You Should Order

This intensive one-day technical seminar will help practitioners navigate the critical intersect between hydrology and the law providing both practical tools and timely information. Early presenters cover the essentials of groundwater hydrology, surface water hydrology, and Utah's prior appropriation doctrine. As the day progresses, those in attendance will learn where to find the necessary data, how hydrology impacts decision making in different systems in the state, and how to persuasively and effectively present hydrologic data to administrators and courts.

Please join us for this informative and practical presentation of hydrology and the law.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Matthew E. Jensen, Esq. of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless and J. Craig Smith, Esq. of Smith Hartvigsen PLLC

What You Will Learn


Monday, November 24, 2014

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Matthew E. Jensen, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Shareholder
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless / Salt Lake City, UT

J. Craig Smith, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Smith Hartvigsen PLLC / Salt Lake City, UT

8:45 am

The Science of Groundwater and Surface Water

Physical properties of groundwater flow; impact of water wells; groundwater flow models; aquifer analysis; cones of depression; key things you need to know

Bill Loughlin, PG, Manager, Principal Hydrogeologist
Loughlin Water Associates, LLC / Park City, UT

Surface water hydrology and the interplay between ground water and surface water; conjunctive (combined surface and groundwater) management from a technical perspective

David O. Pitcher, Assistant General Manager, Chief Engineer
Central Utah Water Conservancy District / Orem, UT

10:15 am


10:30 am

Physical vs. Legal Availability of Water: How Hydrogeology Intersects with Utah's Water Code

Surface and groundwater law: The relevant legal concepts; how recent changes in the law have altered the significance and type of hydrology work required to support water right permits and reservations; the legal basis for conjunctive management in Utah

J. Craig Smith, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Smith Hartvigsen PLLC / Salt Lake City, UT

11:15 am

Groundwater Management and Planning in Utah

Agency models and how the State uses them; State policy perspective and initiatives

Teresa Wilhelmsen, P.E., Utah Lake, Jordan River Regional Engineer
Utah Division of Water Rights / Salt Lake City, UT

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Federal and Interstate Issues

Federal: Status report and implications of the proposed Forest Service Groundwater Directive

Denise A. Dragoo, Esq.
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. / Salt Lake City, UT

Nicol Thompson Kramer, Esq.
Beatty Wozniak & Reese / Casper, WY

Interstate: How Current Issues with the Colorado River Impact Utah

Julie I. Valdes, Esq., Assistant Attorney General
Utah Attorney General's Office, Natural Resources / Salt Lake City, UT

2:30 pm

Identifying and Assembling the Right Hydrological Data: Where Do You Find It?

Available public resources and how to navigate the State Engineer's data banks

James Greer, P.E., Assistant State Engineer, Technical Services
Utah Division of Water Rights / Salt Lake City, UT

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Practical Tips: Presentation of Hydrologic Data in Administrative and Judicial Hearings

Technical and legal perspectives on assembling substantive evidence; terms that tend to snag lawyers; innovative cost effective ways for creating visuals to make data meaningful (like use of Google Maps and Excel to show groundwater gradients)

Matthew E. Jensen, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Parr Brown Gee & Loveless / Salt Lake City, UT

David E. Hansen, PhD, PE, Vice President, Technical Director, Groundwater Hydrology & Hydraulics
Hansen Allen & Luce Inc. / Midvale, UT

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance for this program is $495 with a group rate of $370 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For Tribal members and other 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: This program qualifies for 6.5 UT CLE and 6.5 AICP CM 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

Matthew E. Jensen, shareholder, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, advises clients on water rights, mineral title, mining permits, geothermal energy issues, oil and gas development, stream alteration, and section 404 wetland permits. He has conducted comprehensive water rights analyses and due diligence for municipalities, private water companies, developers, and large farming operations.
Full bio and contact info for Matthew E. Jensen at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

J. Craig Smith, partner, Smith Hartvigsen, PLLC, focuses on water disputes, land use and takings claims. He represents public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, water users in a settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and appeals for municipalities and water entities.

Denise A. Dragoo, equity partner at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., focuses on natural resources, coal law, water law, environmental law, mining law, public land law and mine safety. She is a published author on the topic of NEPA and serves on the Leadership Council for the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy & Resources.

James Greer, P.E., Assistant State Engineer - Technical Services, Utah Division of Water Rights, has been involved in managing agency technology and automation efforts, quantifying and accounting of water rights in general stream adjudications, and in developing management plans for surface and groundwater basins.

David E. Hansen, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President, Secretary / Treasurer, Technical Director, Groundwater Hydrology & Hydraulics, and Technical Director, Water Rights, is experienced in management of water related engineering studies and design projects including surface water hydrology, runoff conveyance evaluation and design, flood control, ground water resource investigations.

Nicol Thompson Kramer, member, Beatty & Wozniak, P.C., focuses on oil and gas litigation, regulatory and transactional experience, including severance and ad valorem taxation, royalties, gas measurement, environmental regulatory permitting and compliance, surface use agreements and disputes, title curative work, land use law and water law.

Bill Loughlin, PG, Manager, Principal Hydrogeologist, Loughlin Water Associates LLC, focuses on exploration, development, & assessment of groundwater resources, trouble shooting and rehabilitation of wells & springs, protection of drinking water resources, assessment of source capacity & water quality, & expert witness testimony for water rights & water-related litigation.

David O. Pitcher, P.E., Assistant General Manager, Chief Engineer, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, supervises the Engineering and Water Quality and Treatment Departments. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Utah and is an active member of American Water Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Julie I. Valdes, Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division, Utah Attorney General's Office, advises the Utah State Engineer on administrative and policy issues and represents the Division in de novo review actions regarding stream alteration permits, water right change applications, and applications to appropriate water.

Teresa Wilhelmsen, P.E., Utah Lake, Jordan River Regional Engineer, Utah Division of Water Rights, where she also held positions in the Applications and Records Section (Public Inquiry), Weber River Regional Office, and Field Services Section (Adjudication Manager). Previously she worked for the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.