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Friday, April 28, 2023 
8:30 am – 4:15 pm EDT (including a 45-min. break)


Understanding New York Surface Water and Groundwater Rights
Presented by Rachel Treichler

  • Ownership of surface water: public waters and the doctrine of riparian rights
  • The public trust doctrine
  • Regulation of surface water rights
  • Obtaining surface water rights
  • Application and permitting process
  • Amending surface water rights
  • Current issues in surface water rights
  • Ownership of groundwater
    Regulation of groundwater rights
  • Obtaining groundwater rights
  • Application and water well permitting process
  • Current issues in groundwater rights


Complying with Water Quality Regulations
Presented by E. Christopher Murray

  • New York and federal water quality regulations
  • Stormwater regulations
  • Sewerage regulations
  • Industrial and agricultural programs
  • Public water supply
  • Water wells


Update on PFAS and Other Contaminants in Water
Presented by Erik White

  • Types of water contaminants and their effects
  • Identifying water contaminants
  • Solving problems caused by contaminated water


Wetlands Science and Identification
Presented by Spencer Varnado and Dylan DeRouen

  • Defining wetlands
  • Evolving understanding of the value of wetlands
  • Identifying wetlands
    • Presence of wetland vegetation
    • Identification of wetland soils
    • Importance of underlying wetland hydrology



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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

6.5 HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers:

Certified Planners:

6.5 CLE Hours (see below for more information)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in New York.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects and landscape architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2) §79-1.5(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

This webinar has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers for 6.5 CECs for floodplain managers.

HalfMoon Education is an approved CM provider with the American Planning Association. This course is registered for CM|6 for certified planners.

*HalfMoon Education is certified by the New York State CLE Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs (#1183). This nontraditional course offers 6.5 CLE hours, including no transitional hours. HalfMoon Education will provide financial hardship assistance to New York attorneys who wish to attend this event. Contact Frank Chapman at for details and requests.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 


Dylan Paul DeRouen

Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT) at Geosyntec Consultants

Mr. DeRouen is a Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT) who specializes in botany and natural resources science. He received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and his M.A. in Biology at Arkansas State University. Mr. DeRouen has been working in Southeastern (USA) ecosystems for over 10 years, primarily in the alluvial and coastal plains ecoregions. His professional experience includes wetland delineation, bioremediation, environmental permitting, T/E species surveying, ArcGIS, natural history collection and curation, invasive species management, habitat restoration, green infrastructure, native landscaping, and trail construction.

E. Christopher (Chris) Murray

Attorney and Partner at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek in Uniondale, NY

E. Christopher (Chris) Murray has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of complex commercial, environmental, real estate, brokerage commission, insurance, employment, civil rights, anti-trust and trademark litigation; as well as commercial real estate and business transactions.  A Partner in the Litigation Department at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C., he is also Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Practice Group.  Mr. Murray’s experience includes litigation and administrative hearings involving a variety of environmental issues including SEQRA compliance, violations of New York and federal law concerning the disposal of hazardous waste, challenges to the denial of wetland permits and CERCLA liability.  He also advises clients regarding compliance with environmental and zoning laws and regulations.

Rachel Treichler

Attorney at the Law Office of Rachel Treichler in Hammondsport

Rachel Treichler has been providing legal services to clients in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier region since 2002. She previously practiced in New York City for 20 years. Ms. Treichler represents clients in real estate, water law, riparian rights, gas leasing, and mineral rights matters. She received her A.B. degree from Harvard University and her J.D. degree from University of Texas at Austin.

Spencer D. Varnado

Ecologist and Wetlands Scientist at Geosyntec Consultants

Spencer D. Varnado, over 14 years of professional experience in the areas of environmental compliance, permitting, and biological investigations. His areas of expertise include environmental and biological assessments, surveys and mapping; jurisdictional wetland delineations and determinations; regulatory permitting and compliance monitoring with various state and federal agencies; wetland mitigation plan development and implementation; wetland and wildlife management plans; and wetland value assessments. Mr. Varnado’s typical projects include linear pipeline and electrical transmission construction and maintenance, residential and commercial developments, sand and gravel mining, petrochemical facility compliance, due diligence, and habitat restoration projects.

Erik White, P.E.

President at UEG Consulting, LLC

Mr. White has over 25 years of experience in engineering, ranging from compliance and industrial wastewater and air treatment system evaluations to remedial study/design projects. Mr. White works with clients across a variety of industries, including iron and steel, utilities, specialty chemicals, food and food additive processing, and petroleum refining. He has particular expertise in industrial wastewater and stormwater regulatory review and implementation support under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. Mr. White earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: New York Water Rights and Regulation

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5-hour course dives deep into New York surface water and groundwater rights, including regulations, permitting and ownership, identifies the various water quality regulations of storm, sewerage, industrial and agricultural systems and compliance strategies, discusses PFAS and other harmful contaminants, and concludes with an analysis of wetland science and identification.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain how to obtain surface water and ground water rights, the application and permitting processes, and how water rights are amended.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify current issues in surface water rights (such as the presence of PFAS and other contaminants), the ownership of groundwater, and the regulating authorities.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to define and identify wetlands by the presence of wetland vegetation and soils, and explain the importance of underlying wetland hydrology.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to locate, reference and comply with New York and federal water quality regulations, including stormwater regulations, sewerage regulations, and industrial and agricultural programs.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.


Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: (Pending)

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.