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Thursday, June 6, 2024
8:30 am – 4:30 pm PDT


Understanding Oregon Surface Water and Groundwater Rights 
Presented by: Elizabeth Howard & Sarah Liljefelt

  • Ownership of Oregon surface and groundwater:
    • Public waters, private rights and prior appropriation
  • Regulation of surface water rights
  • Obtaining surface water rights
  • Application and permitting process
  • Amending surface water rights
  • Current issues in surface water rights
  • 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: Maureen Bayer

  • Overview of Oregon and federal water quality regulations
  • Stormwater regulations
    •  Industrial
    •  Construction
    •  Municipal
  • Wastewater regulations
    •  Industrial
    •  Agricultural
    •  Domestic
  • Drinking water

Ethical Issues in Water Use and Regulation
Presented by: Nellie Barnard & Rosalyn DiLillo Knock

  • Ethical issues in water use
  • Ethical issues in real estate development
  • Ethical issues in water transactions

Water Utility Regulation
Presented by: Irion Sanger & Natascha Smith

  • Types of water utilities
  • Regulation of utility service areas
  • Application for and changes in service areas
  • Water utility mergers and acquisitions

Agricultural Water Use
Presented by: Brian Sheets

  • Wells for agricultural use
  • Irrigation law
  • Water quality and agricultural runoff
  • Groundwater impacts


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6.5 PDHs

6.5 PDHs

APA/AICP - American Planning Association/American Institute of Certified Planners
6.5 CM

6.5 General CLE Hours


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and geologists in Oregon. Continuing education activities for Oregon engineers and geologists are not subject to pre-approval.

This course has been approved by the Oregon State Bar for 6.5 general CLE hours. 

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

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate.


Nellie Barnard

Shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. in Portland, OR

Ms. Barnard provides legal ethics and risk management advice to lawyers, law firms, law students, and in-house legal departments. She also represents Oregon and Washington lawyers in attorney discipline matters and character and fitness proceedings, including on appeal. With a deep background in complex business and financial services disputes. Ms. Barnard is a frequent CLE speaker on legal ethics, risk management, and discipline defense issues, and also serves as Assistant General Counsel to the firm.

Maureen S. Bayer

Shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC in Portland, OR

Ms. Bayer practices environmental and natural resources law. Her practice includes environmental regulatory compliance; contaminated sites litigation and allocation; managing environmental risks in transactions; and water rights. She counsels clients on compliance with state and federal environmental laws regulating air and water quality, waste management, hazardous substances, emergency planning, endangered species, and environmental policy. She is licensed in Oregon, Washington and California.

Rosalyn DiLillo Knock

Associate with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. in Seattle, WA

Ms. DiLillo Knock provides strategic guidance on a variety of issues, including water rights, environmental compliance, and due diligence. She helps clients understand and comply with a range of regulatory frameworks at the local and national levels. Ms. DiLillo Knock conducts legal research on complex environmental statutes like the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Law and Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act. While in law school, she actively participated in the Washington Journal of Social and Environmental Justice as well as the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and served as a legal researcher for a tribal entity in Washington.

Elizabeth E. Howard

Shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C. in Portland, OR

Ms. Howard works with companies and individuals to navigate complex natural resource and environmental regulations, and to obtain permits and authorizations. She also defends and resolves enforcement and regulatory actions from environmental and natural resources agencies in Oregon. Ms. Howard experience includes water; wetlands; endangered, threatened, and sensitive species; Confined Animal Feeding Operations; fertilizers and pesticides; and public and federal lands.

Sarah R. Liljefelt

Attorney at Dunn Carney LLP in Portland, OR

Ms. Liljefelt is a partner and the managing attorney at Schroeder Law Offices’ Portland, Oregon office. She joined Schroeder Law Offices in 2009 and graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School with an Environmental & Natural Resources certificate. Ms. Liljefelt represents water users in the West, focusing her practice on water rights review, evaluation, due diligence, permitting, transfer, forfeiture and cancellation, water-related real property and public lands issues and disputes, administrative contested cases, and state and federal litigation. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon, California, and Utah. Ms. Liljefelt is the chair of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association’s Water Resources Committee, the former chair of the Oregon State Bar’s Environmental & Natural Resources Section’s executive committee, and serves on the Bar’s Agricultural Law Section executive committee. She enjoys cooking, kayaking, and camping with her family, and competitively races outrigger canoes with the Mountain Home Canoe Club.

Irion A. Sanger

Sanger Law PC

Mr. Sanger’s legal and consulting practice at Sanger Law PC focuses on energy, administrative, and public utility law. He represents energy trade associations, municipalities, electric cooperatives, irrigation districts, end-use industrial and commercial consumers, investor owned natural gas and water utilities, and renewable and cogeneration electricity producers. Mr. Sanger advises hydro, biomass, geothermal, wind, solar, cogeneration, and other electricity generators on a wide variety of transactional matters, including negotiating power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements, wholesale power sales, resource development and sales, and other matters. He represents clients in energy and utility matters before state and federal courts, state public utility commissions, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Bonneville Power Administration. Mr. Sanger is also an adjunct instructor at Lewis and Clark Law School, and in Portland Community College’s Paralegal Program.

Brian R. Sheets

BRS Legal, LLC

Mr. Sheets is the owner of BRS Legal, LLC, an Ontario-based law firm that focuses on water law, natural resources, and land use law in Oregon and Idaho. He has represented clients with a wide set of issues ranging from municipal water supply concerns to wildlife management policy, and individuals with diverse land use issues in negotiation and litigation roles. Mr. Sheets focuses on water-related legal challenges for agricultural and residential water users across Oregon and has expanded into Idaho in 2020. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School (2013) with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and served as the Managing Editor of Lewis & Clark Law Review. In his spare time, Mr. Sheets represents a national non-profit Falconry advocacy organization, pro-bono as associate counsel, which compliments his practice as a licensed falconer.

Natascha Smith

Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, General Counsel Division, Business Activities Section

 Ms. Smith represents and advises the OPUC Staff in matters before the OPUC, including water utility matters.