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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. more »
Energy and water are precious, global resources, and they are interconnected. Gain perspective on the global nexus of energy and water to outline trends while identifying technical and policy options that might mitigate the challenges. more »
Session 1: Groundwater Issues - Explore issues unique to groundwater, including regulation basics, planning considerations, and other essentials.
Session 2: Surface Water Issues - Explore issues unique to surface water, including regulation basics, planning considerations, and other essentials.
Session 3: Who’s Who When it Comes to Water - Get the basics on who handles what when it comes to water in Texas. more »
Session 1: Here But For the Grace of God Go You: Why the Texas Lawyers Creed Matters to You - Learn how to be the opposing counsel your profession needs without compromising your ethical duties to your client—an autobiography of four family deaths in eleven months.
Session 2: A Change in Perspective: When the Lawyer Becomes the Client - The Commissioner discusses his experiences in transitioning from representing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to being the client of the Office of the Attorney General, including observations on the Open Meetings Act and ex parte issues.
Session 3: Communication and the Electronic Age - Considering what we know about government surveillance, can an attorney ethically use electronic communication to discuss confidential client information? Examine legislative responses to the Edward Snowden disclosures and discuss appropriate lawyer communication in the electronic age. more »