Session 1: Waters of the United States: The Future Regulation of Potholes and Other Issues - Review the recent action of EPA and the Department of the Army in resetting the effective date of the 2015 Rule from August 2015 to February 2020. Listen to a discussion about the likelihood for changes to the 2015 Rule, and the emerging trend of ground water being considered as regulated under the federal Clean Water Act.
Session 2: Groundwater–Surface Water Interaction: Implications for Groundwater Planning and Management - Groundwater pumping generally results in decreased groundwater storage, induced recharge to the area, and decreased spring flow and stream flow. The nature and timing of these three impacts are dependent on many factors, and require an understanding of local conditions. Explore how groundwater–surface water interaction affects groundwater planning and management.
Session 3: Valuation of Water Rights - Credible fair market valuation of water rights is a major challenge in Texas. Explore a thorough and reliable model for determining the fair market value of water rights not only in Texas, but elsewhere around the globe.
Session 4: Marketing Groundwater Rights - An overview of issues facing landowners and groundwater project developers, including: “grass roots politics”, market conditions, pricing concerns, transport considerations, permitting hurdles, and coordination with local groundwater districts.
Session 5: Marketing Surface Water Rights - In pursuing the purchase of a water right, a buyer has to consider a number of regulatory steps in order to make the purchased water right beneficially useful. Just what are those steps?
Session 6: Indirect Reuse of Water - Examine historically disputed issues regarding indirect reuse and learn some of the existing indirect reuse permits. Listen to a discussion about more recent directions and questions regarding indirect reuse coming from the Brazos River Authority System Operation permit hearing.
Session 7: Direct Potable Reuse - Explore the technical, social, and regulatory issues associated with the implementation of direct potable reuse in Texas, including a discussion of several case studies.
Session 8: Application of Governmental Law Requirement to Public–Private Partnership Projects - What responsibilities and attributes of the government, such as obligations of openness and transparency, does a private business assume when it partners with the government on a project?
Session 9: Legal Issues with Permitting Amenity Ponds - Amenity ponds are often constructed in new subdivisions for aesthetic, recreational, drainage, and irrigation purposes. Depending on the location and source of water for the pond, such as state-owned surface water, groundwater, storm water, or reclaimed water, the permitting requirements can vary greatly. Review the various permitting requirements and the legal hurdles associated with these ponds.
Session 10: There's No Accounting for Water - Review the basics of accounting plans used in water rights permitting and gain insight into recent developments and issues.
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