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Groundwater Rights, SGMA, and Replenishing Groundwater                     R. Masuda
Groundwater basins and subbasins – identifying and understanding
the physical and political characteristics of your basin
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act –
what SGMA has and hasn’t changed thus far
Groundwater rights and priorities; permitting new wells
Replenishing groundwater with surface water – the reality and the process

Complying with Water Quality Regulations                     R. Waterman
California and federal water quality regulations                           K. Tipple
Stormwater regulations
Sewerage regulations
Industrial and agricultural programs
Public water supply
Water wells

Urban Water Management Plans, Water Supply                     D. Hubbard
Assessments, and Their Role Under CEQA
The Urban Water Management Planning Act
• To whom it applies
• What it requires
• Looking at Metropolitan Water District UWMP example
Water supply assessments (Water Code Section 10910, et seq.)
• To whom it applies
• What it requires
• Reviewing an example
How UWMPs and WSAs interact with CEQA
• Project-specific impacts on water supply
• Cumulative impacts on water supply
• Why UWMPs and WSAs sometimes fail the CEQA test

Water Utility Regulation                     M. Somogyi
Types of water utilities
Regulation of utility service areas
Application and permitting process for service areas
Utility construction design standards and approvals
Current issues in utility service area regulation

Update on PFAS and Other Contaminants in Water                     M. Chester
Types of water contaminants and their effects
Identifying water contaminants
Solving problems caused by contaminated water


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California Attorneys
6.5 CLE Hours

California Engineers & Geologists
Non-Credit Continuing Education (6.5 PDH)

Floodplain Managers

Certified Planners


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 CLE hours to
California attorneys. HalfMoon Education is an approved CLE
sponsor for California attorneys (No. 8370).+

This course offers a non-credit continuing education
opportunity to California professional engineers and

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved
this event for 6.5 CECs.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM Provider with the
American Planning Association. This course is registered for
CM | 6.5 for Certified Planners.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who
complete this event, respond to all prompts, and earn a
passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).

+Credit approved for live event only


Michelle E. Chester

Somach Simmons & Dunn
Ms. Chester’s practice includes water rights law, water quality, and land use, in both California and Colorado. Experienced in state and federal environmental laws, she counsels public and private clients on administrative adjudication, trial and appellate litigation, as well as transactional matters. Drawing on experience in administrative and public agency law, and a background that blends environmental science and policy, Ms. Chester works effectively among government representatives and technical experts on matters pertaining to property rights, permitting, and regulatory compliance. Her experience before the California State Water Resources Control Board includes advising public entities on compliance with discharge permitting and compliance with water quality regulations.

David P. Hubbard

Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP
Mr. Hubbard specializes in environmental and land use law, with particular emphasis on issues arising under CEQA, NEPA, the federal and state Endangered Species Acts, the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), the federal Clean Water Act, the California Coastal Act, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and the California Planning and Zoning law. In the environmental and land use fields, Mr. Hubbard routinely addresses matters involving traffic, air quality, water quality, hydrology, water supply, noise, hazardous materials, land use compatibility, aesthetics, sensitive biological resources, including threatened and endangered species, marine resources, and historical resources. His expertise in these areas includes planning, administrative and litigation matters. A significant portion of his practice includes assisting clients in preparing environmental impact reports, environmental impact statements, and supporting technical studies for complex or controversial projects.

Roger K. Masuda

Griffith, Masuda & Hobbs
Mr. Masuda has 45 years of California water and public law experience. After graduating from UCLA and UC Davis Law School, he served four years as an Army JAG attorney. Griffith, Masuda & Hobbs, founded in 1920, is general counsel to six water agencies and special counsel to three water agencies. The agencies are located in eight different counties from Butte to Monterey. The firm is also general counsel to two electric generation joint powers agencies and a mosquito abatement district. The firm advises clients on SGMA, including GSA administration, water rights, groundwater sustainability plans, and groundwater recharge projects. Mr. Masuda is a long-time member of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies and is a member of the GRACast subcommittee of the Groundwater Resources Association of California. He farmed almonds and raisins in Merced County, conjunctively using surface water and groundwater.

Megan J. Somogyi

Downey Brand LLP
Ms. Somogyi specializes in the California Public Utilities Commission and California regulated utilities. She assists clients in a broad array of utility-related matters, including wildfires and power shutoff proceedings, utility certification and ratemaking, nuclear power plant decommissioning, tariff filings, energy industry rulemakings, administrative litigation, and regulatory compliance.

Kate Tipple

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
A clever natural resources attorney and former environmental scientist, Ms. Tipple crafts thoughtful compliance, risk mitigation and litigation strategies for clients facing uncertain regulatory schemes and legal claims. She focuses on water resources, water quality and environmental contamination litigation.
Ms. Tipple leverages extensive experience in natural resource development, stormwater management, groundwater contamination, water rights, public lands and land use. Her work involves the Clean Water Act and CERCLA along with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Hazardous Substance Account Act and CEQA.
Ms. Tipple regularly serves stormwater clients as well as mining and forestry industry players. She has broad experience with litigation and administrative proceedings and regularly advocates before local, state and federal agencies. With deep insight into a broad set of environmental regulations, she has advised on federal and state consumer production laws, chemical requirements, cannabis and hemp issues, and mining.
Prior to Brownstein, Ms. Tipple was an associate at prominent environmental law firms in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. She was also a legal extern with the Department of the Interior’s Office of Regional Solicitor in Utah. She was formerly an environmental scientist with the Utah Division of Water Quality and a geospatial technology specialist with the Center for Land Use Education and Research at the University of Connecticut.

Ryan Waterman

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Mr. Waterman solves complex land use, water quality, renewable energy and hazardous substance issues. With first-hand experience navigating the inextricably linked issues of land use and water in California, Mr. Waterman possesses the insight needed to efficiently navigate the environmental challenges that arise during a wide range of development and redevelopment projects. Mr. Waterman skillfully works through permitting, administrative and litigation matters, keeping his client’s goals at the forefront. His deep familiarity with the land use entitlement process and CEQA/NEPA environmental review is an integral asset to successful project outcomes. Mr. Waterman serves as the editor of Brownstein’s quarterly CEQA News You Can Use newsletter. From helping to secure federal and state water quality permits to counseling on contaminated sites. Mr. Waterman regularly defends clients against Clean Water Act citizen suits, as well as enforcement actions brought by the State Board and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and counties throughout California.