NEWS – May 2015 – Drought and Water Law, San Francisco, California

HOW THE DROUGHT IS IMPACTING CALIFORNIA GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

California is enduring drought conditions that have persisted for the last four years. With groundwater a critical supply source, and with aquifer levels declining to record lows, new rules and legislation have been put in place to provide additional water management authority.

            The American Ground Water Trust Groundwater Law conference in San Francisco was designed to provide insight and clarity about how the new” and existing regulatory framework can be most effectively implemented at state and local level.  In organizing the event, the AGWT had the cooperation of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the program was sponsored by Aquilogic, American Pistachio Growers and the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

            The participants at the conference included attorneys, water utility and water district staff, county staff and commissioners, state regulators, water engineers and consultants, academics, and environmental NGOs. The opening keynote presentation was given by Gordon Burns, Undersecretary, California Environmental Protection Agency, who addressed the Implementation Challenges of Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions:

The presentation team at the conference included:
Brad Herrema, Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Santa Barbara, CA
Christian Marsh, Partner, Downey Brand, San Francisco, CA
Sarge Green, Project Director, California Water Institute, Fresno, CA
Sarah Foley, Best Best & Krieger LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Anthony Brown, Principal Hydrologist, Aquilogic, Costa Mesa, CA
Greg Patterson, Partner, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, Los Angeles, CA
Jeremy Jungreis, Senior Counsel, Rutan and Tucker, Costa Mesa, CA
Russell M. McGlothlin, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Santa Barbara, CA
Ryan Bazerra, Partner, Bartkiewicz, Kronick & Shanahan, Sacramento, CA
Maurice Hall, Water Program Lead, Water Funders Initiative, Sacramento, CA
Jack Rice, Associate Counsel, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento, CA
Todd E. Robins, Partner, Robins Borghei LLP, San Francisco, CA
Doug Nunneley, General Manager, Oildale Mutual Water Company, Bakersfield, CA
Chad Seidel, Corona Environmental Consultants, Denver, CO
Laurel Firestone, Co-Executive Director & Attorney, Community Water Center, Sacramento, CA
John R. Till, Managing Partner, Paladin Law, Walnut Creek, CA
Dave O’Neill, Director of Investigations, PolicyFind, San Francisco, CA
Canaan Crouch, Vice President, Legacy Risk Solutions, LLC, Irvine, CA
Roger Dickinson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, Sacramento, CA
Scott Slater, Co-Chair Natural Resources Department, BHFS, Santa Barbara, CA