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2019 California Water Law & Policy MCLE Conference


California Water Law and Policy: Developments
in Water Supply Regulation, Reporting, and Legislation

WHEN: June 20-21, 2019

WHERE: Omni Hotel, San Francisco


California’s water law and policy remains a moving target of ever-changing issues, and this year several topics have garnered our attention. Following years of low rainfall, this year California’s snowpack is high and reservoir water abundant. This brings up concerns regarding water rights and water-rights reporting; and how near- and far-term planning are addressing water supply, drought and flood control.

The federal Clean Water Act and its jurisdictional reach has become quite uncertain, despite efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to define the issue. And while the federal government tries to reign in the reach of the CWA, the State Water Resources Control Board is simultaneously moving to expand its reach into water quality regulation.

We’re also covering other timely issues of growing concern: the critical implications of changes to managing the Colorado River; ongoing SGMA compliance issues for groundwater sustainability plans (GSPs) and the unique challenges involved with critically over-drafted water basins; the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Juaquin Delta, habitat restoration, and the ever-changing WaterFix Project; whether or not to tax water in an effort to insure a clean water supply statewide; movement regarding the scope of the Public Trust Doctrine; and the unique challenges of a newly legal cannabis industry facing water supply and quality issues.

Our conference is designed to hone in on the issues that will most impact your water-related practice and the governance of water in the state. As an attendee, you will gain practical knowledge on the legal, policy and technical sides of the issues from our outstanding faculty from federal and state regulatory agencies, the academic community, water supply agencies, engineering consultants, and top water attorneys from throughout the state. Over the two days, you will also have invaluable networking opportunities with the faculty and your colleagues.

Our outstanding faculty consists of representatives of state regulatory agencies, environmental organizations, the academic community, and top water attorneys from throughout the state—including a Keynote Presentation by Ernest Conant, the new Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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 may change the future of California water.


Register today for the only water law conference in 2019 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 many 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 Omni Hotel by May 29, 2019 to take advantage of the special conference rate of only $339/night (single or double occupancy). To reserve your room and get this discounted room rate, simply go to the special Omni Hotel link, or call the hotel at 888-444-6664 and ask for the “2019 Argent 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 20-21!