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2016 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference


California’s Water Law, Policy and Regulation:
Coping with the Challenges of Unpredictable Supply

WHEN: June 13-14, 2016

WHERE: Hotel Nikko, San Francisco



El Niño has brought a sigh of relief to water suppliers and agencies tasked with overseeing California’s water systems. But the drought isn’t over for everyone, and the vagaries brought on by a changing climate add to water supply uncertainty. If the past several years have taught us anything it’s that long-term water planning is crucial to survive the feast-or-famine nature of California’s water supply.

With this in mind, this year we have assembled for you a comprehensive and practical two-day California Water Law Conference that focuses on long-term water supply issues facing the state: How state and federal agencies are planning future management decisions; the limits of State Water Resources Control Board authority during droughts; developments with the Cal WaterFix project; water transfers as a means of coping with unpredictable supplies; and big questions related to reforming California’s water law system.

You’ll also learn how to navigate water supply assessments for development, strategies for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation, and how disputes over regional water assets are progressing.

You’ll hear from representatives of state regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, the academic community, consulting firms, top water attorneys from throughout the state, and a Keynote Presentation from Thomas Gibson, Deputy Secretary and Chief Counsel of the California Resources Agency.

The conference is co-sponsored by many of California’s top law firms-including Cox, Castle & Nicholson; Downey Brand; Best, Best & Krieger; Jackson Tidus; Browstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Cox, Castle & Nicholson; Stoel Rives; Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard; Gresham, Savage, Nolan & Tilden, and by the Byron Bethany Irrigation District.

This year more than ever, your participation will be crucial to your effectiveness as an attorney, water district staff or board member, federal or state government practitioner, consulting engineer, city or county counsel or planner, environmental organization representative, developer or agricultural business owner. This is a must attend event!

Be sure to register today for this special conference and find out what impact these critical topics will have on each other—and how the potential outcomes will impact your practice, agency or organization in the future.

Be sure to register today for this special conference, and find out what impact these critical topics will have on each other—and how the potential outcomes will forever change the future of California water.


Register today for the only water law conference in 2016 that’s produced by the publishers of California Water Law & Policy Reporter, a California-based conference provider that has offered publications and water law conference programs specifically for the California Water Bar since 1989. This year, as always, the expert publishers, editors, and advisors of California Water Law & Policy Reporter have been instrumental in planning this conference for you.

These seasoned, in-the-trenches legal professionals are uniquely qualified to let you know not only what’s happened but, more important, what’s coming down the pike in the future. And because California’s water issues are often contentious, we don’t skimp on perspective. You’ll get several different (and sometimes conflicting) views from the top practitioners and key institutional players in the field to deepen your understanding of the issues.

We invite you to compare our exceptional program topics and speakers to any other water law conference out there. If you attend only one MCLE water law conference this year, make it the only one produced by the California-based water-expert publishers and editors of California Water Law & Policy Reporter, and co-sponsored by some of the state’s top law firms.

Download the conference brochure with full program and other registration options


Conference tuition of $895 includes participation in all sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, hosted conference networking reception, as well as all program materials prepared by the Faculty. Discounts apply for government agency personnel, or when you register two or more attendees from the same organization. See our online registration form for details.


Book your room at the Hotel Nikko by May 27, 2016 to take advantage of the special conference rate of only $279/night (single or double occupancy). To reserve your room and get this discounted room rate, simply go to the special Hotel Nikko website, or call 866-NIKKO-SF (866-645-5673) and ask for the “2016 California Water Law Conference” discount. The number of rooms at this rate is limited, so be sure to make your reservations early.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco, June 13-14!