Please join Program Co-Chairs Daniel R. Haller, a Principal Water Resources Engineer with Aspect Consulting, and Jeffrey B. Kray, a partner with Marten Law PLLC, along with an outstanding faculty to discuss the law of water rights in the State of Washington.
This seminar is designed to provide information of vital interest to water right holders, regulators, developers, consultants, and water suppliers. The program includes a comprehensive introduction and review of water rights law, updates from regulators, as well as timely information on case law, water banking, rural development, hydrogeology, and innovative water solutions.
Our panel of experts will talk about the past, present, and future of key issues in water law, including relinquishment, adjudications, conservancy boards, water banking, and instream flows.
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Daniel R. Haller, PE, CWRE, Program Co-Chair, is a Principal Water Resources Engineer at Aspect Consulting LLC. He is a state-recognized water rights expert and spent over a decade with Ecology.
Jeffrey B. Kray, Program Co-Chair, is a partner in the Seattle office of Marten Law PLLC. His practice focuses on water quality, water resources, and complex environmental litigation.
Jennifer Adam, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Berry Family Chair in the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering at WSU. Her group works to enable humans & the environment to adapt to global change.
Kevin Anderson serves as Public Works Director for the City of Airway Heights. He works to enhance and protect Airway Heights in long range elements like planning, streets, water and wastewater.
Randall Black is the General Manager for Lakewood Water District. His duties include maintaining water quality, safeguarding against possible terrorism, and coping with deteriorating infrastructure.
Charles “Chuck” Brushwood is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s Fish and Wildlife Department. He provides policy support and recommendations to the Dept. Director and key staff.
Tyson Carlson, LHG, CWRE, is an Associate Hydrogeologist at Aspect Consulting LLC, with over 17 years of experience specializing in water resource development and water rights.
Joseph H. Cook, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University. His research focuses on water policy, water resources economics, nonmarket valuation, and green stormwater infrastructure.
Melissa Downes, LHG, serves as technical and policy lead for the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River (OCR). She assists with technical, permitting and policy evaluations of water supply development projects.
Jessica K. Ferrell is a partner at Marten Law PLLC. A litigator with 14 years of courtroom experience, she has an environmental law background in ESA, NEPA, the Clean Water Act, and CERCLA.
Michael Hermanson is the Water Resources Mgr. in the Spokane County Environmental Services Dept. Over 13 years he has been involved in the development and implementation of watershed plans.
Andy Hover serves on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners. He represents District 2 which includes the Methow Valley, Pateros, Brewster, and a portion of the city of Okanogan.
Judith S. Johnson serves as Chair of the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership. They work to improve water management practices to benefit fish, farms, and local communities.
Michael R. Kaputa, AICP, is Director of the Chelan County Natural Resources Department, working for the County Commissioners. He previously worked as an environmental and senior planner.
Jonathan H. Kohr, is a Senior Environmental Planner with the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Science Division. He does research in Climatology, Hydrogeology and Geomorphology. He previously worked with NOAA.
Thomas McDonald is a partner with Cascadia Law Group PLLC where he practices environmental law with an emphasis in the areas of water rights, water resource planning and water quality.
Robin G. McPherson is the Adjudication Assessment Manager at the WA State Department of Ecology. She advises and represents Ecology in permit, rulemaking, adjudication and related water law matters.
Mark T. Peterson is co-founder of Peterson & Marquis Law Office and general counsel to several water districts. His practice has emphasized water rights and purveyor issues for 20 years.
Alan M. Reichman is Senior Counsel for the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. He serves as Section Manager of the Water Resources Section of the Ecology Division and is lead counsel to the Water Resources Program.
Kristina Ribellia is the founder and director of operations at Western Water Market. She works to connect water right buyers and sellers at the local level in communities across the West, beginning with the Washington market.
Caroline “Carrie” Sessions is the Legislative and Policy Analyst for the Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Program. She leads discussions about statewide policy issues and potential changes, and analyzes proposed legislation.
Danielle Squeochs, PhD, LHG, PE, a hydrologist with the Yakama Nation Water Resources Program, focuses on Water Resources issues in Central WA. She previously worked with the Dept. of Ecology.
Gary S. Stoyka is the Natural Resources Program Manager for Whatcom County. Their mission is to manage, sustain, enhance, and protect Whatcom County’s natural environment.