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9:00 – 11:55 am MDT
11:55 am – 12:25 pm MDT
12:25 – 3:50 pm MDT
Introduction to Utah Water Law J. Gittins
Prior appropriation doctrine
Basic legal principles of Utah water law
Elements of a water right
Abandonment and forfeiture
Securing and Preserving Title to Water Rights J. Gittins
Conveyance by deed, assignment and appurtenance
Reports of conveyance
Water right deed addendum
Water right title insurance
The Change Application Process B. Bingham
Change applications and exchange applications
Administrative hearings and appeals
General Adjudications B. Jensen
Overview of general adjudication process
Resolving objections in district court
Status of pending general adjudications in Utah
Easements for Canals, Ditches and Pipelines N. Bracken
Establishment of easements for water facilities
Protection of easements
Relocation of easements
Water Conservation C. Hasenyager
Importance of water conservation
Utah Water Strategy Project
Regional water conservation goals
Water Banking E. Lewis
Why water banking?
Water banking legislation
Status of water banking program in Utah
How to Protect Your Water Rights J.C. Smith
Beneficial use vs. waste
Inventorying and monitoring water rights
Forfeiture, abandonment and impairment
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6.0 CLE Hours
This seminar offers 6.0 CPE hours/PDHs to
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public. The Utah State Board of CLE has approved this course for 6.0 CLE credits, including no Ethics credits and no Professional and Civility credits for attorneys, which is pending.
This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs to Utah professional engineers. Educators and
courses are not subject to preapproval in Utah.
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Assistant State Engineer over the Applications and Records Section at the Utah Division of Water Rights, Salt Lake City, UT
Mr. Bingham joined the State Engineer’s Office in July 2011 as a program manager – and subsequently assistant state engineer, responsible for directing the statewide adjudication efforts before shifting to his current position in May of 2020. Mr. Bingham earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering at Utah State University in 2003 and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Utah.
Nathan BrackenOf counsel at Smith Hartvigsen
Previously, Mr. Bracken served as the assistant director and general counsel for the Western States Water Council, where he represented state water managers from Utah and 17 other western states on water policy issues. He is a graduate ofthe S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. At Smith Hartvigsen, Mr. Bracken will practice in the areas of water law, natural resources, government law, public policy, and mediation and facilitation.
Jeffry GittinsSmith Hartvigsen PLLC
Mr. Gittins practices primarily in the area of water law. He assists governmental entities, corporations, and private individuals in all aspects of water law, including water rights transactions, water right title, water rights analysis, and water rights litigation. Mr. Gittins graduated as valedictorian from Utah State University, where he received his bachelor’s degreein Agribusiness and Business. He received his J.D. degree from Brigham Young University Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the BYU Law Review.
Deputy Director of the Utah Division of Water Resources, Salt Lake City, UT
Ms. Hasenyager oversees the day-to-day operations including the Planning and Development branch, and the Water Conservation and Education section, and she is the Division’s legislative liaison. She has worked on water resource and planning projects for the last 13 years. Over her career, Ms. Hasenyager has been involved in surface water modeling, hydrology studies and municipal water demand projections. She graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in Civil Engineering.
Assistant Utah Attorney General representing the Utah State Engineer in Water Right General Adjudications throughout Utah
Mr. Jensen holds a B.S. degree in Watershed and Earth Systems from Utah State University and was previously an employee in the Utah State Engineer’s Office working on Water Right General Adjudications. He attended law school in Salem, Oregon, graduating cum laude from Willamette University in 2012.
Emily E. Lewis
Director and Shareholder, Co-Chair of Natural Resources and Water Law Practice
Group with Clyde Snow in Salt Lake City, UT Ms. Lewis assists clients in navigating complex water problems. For her traditional law practice she represents a variety of clients from individual water right owners to large providers like water conservancy districts and municipalities. She is also rapidly building a well-regarded “water solutions practice” bringing a unique blend of water expertise to professional partnerships and project-based work. For more information, follow her weekly podcast – “Ripple Effect: Putting Water in Context.”
J. Craig Smith
Partner, Smith Hartvigson, PLLC
Mr. Smith has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, during which he has successfully handled a number of complex water disputes, land use matters and takings claims. He has represented public and private parties in takings claims arising from land use decisions, represented numerous water users in successful settlement of instream flow claims on the San Rafael River, and won appeals for municipalities and water entities before the Utah and New Mexico Supreme Courts. His main areas of practice include water law and litigation, land use law and litigation, redevelopment law and eminent domain and takings.