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Understanding Oregon Surface Water and Groundwater Rights                     E. Howard
Ownership of surface water: public waters and the prior appropriation 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

Conjunctive Groundwater-Surface Water Management and Well Drilling Issues                    S. Liljefelt
Conjunctive management of groundwater and surface water
Effects of conjunctive management on permitting, transfers, and mitigation
Well construction standards and relation to conjunctive management
Well drilling legislative updates

Managing Finite Water Resources                     C. Tebbutt
Historic usage and current trends
Maintaining water quality and quantity
State and regional water quality regulation
Regional water management and planning
Planning for climate resilience
Watershed planning
Water Utility Regulation                     I. Sanger/J. Goatcher/R. Beitzel
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

Agricultural Water Use                     B. Sheets
Wells for agricultural use
Irrigation law
Water quality and agricultural runoff
Groundwater impacts


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Professional Engineers &
6.5 PDHs

Oregon Attorneys
6.75 CLE Hours

Floodplain Managers


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to
Oregon professional engineers and geologists to whom the
subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and
courses are not subject to preapproval in Oregon.

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6.75 CLE hours.

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Russ Beitzel

Russ Beitzel is a Senior Utility Analyst in the Telecommunications and Water Division at the Oregon Public Utility Commission, starting with the PUC in 2018. With regard to water, Mr. Beitzel have analyzed and addressed numerous issues including tariff changes, property sales, affiliated interest transactions, revenue requirement calculations, deferred tax calculations, rate spread, and rate design. I have also served as case manager on multiple water rate cases. Additionally, he worked at Ashland, Inc for twenty years as a manufacturing and corporate accountant and global business analyst. His accountant duties included product cost analysis, general ledger account analysis, SOX compliance, and internal and external audit compliance. His analyst duties included budgeting, forecasting, financial statement analysis, acquisition tracking, and division financial support for a global business unit. Mr. Beitzel holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Otterbein University.

Jill D. Goatcher

Jill D. Goatcher is an Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice.

Elizabeth E. Howard

Elizabeth E. Howard is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. She helps agriculture, forest product and energy businesses navigate burdensome regulations, negotiate favorable resolutions with agencies, defend against injunctions and cancellations, resolve enforcement actions and obtain permits. She is particularly experienced in the areas of water rights, water quality, endangered and threatened species, grazing and public lands. Ms. Howard has a strong industry focus on agriculture, and advocates on behalf of state organizations that represent ranches, farms and dairies.

Sarah R. Liljefelt

Sarah R. 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 Sanger

Sanger Law PC

Irion A. 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. Mr. Sanger 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

Brian R. 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. Brian 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. He 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.

Charlie Tebbutt

of the Law Offices of Charlie Tebbutt, is primarily an environmental lawyer who assists communities, organizations, tribes, unions and individuals across the United States in protecting themselves and their members from industrial pollution and chemical injury. Through litigation, negotiation, and grassroots campaign building, the firm helps clients enforce our nation’s environmental laws and hold polluters and regulatory agencies accountable. During his career at the Western Environmental Law Center, the Atlantic States Legal Foundation, and in private practice, Mr. Tebbutt has brought citizen suit and toxic tort cases concerning pollution and chemical exposure against dozens of Fortune 500 companies in more than 30 states enforcing a broad spectrum of environmental laws. The firm has experience with many environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Representative cases include actions against coal industry, oil spills, large CAFOs, railroads and improper state and federal rules. The team has won landmark cases against large CAFOs (see CARE and CFS v. Cow Palace), improper government actions (see Nat’l Cotton Council v. U.S. EPA), and the coal industry (see Sierra Club v. BNSF Railway). The team also represents victims of toxic chemical exposure and works on climate change and other cutting edge environmental issues.