For our 27th year, we continue the tradition of gathering the most active, diverse and experienced Oregon water law experts to address the issues of the day. Our program will provide an update on recent legislative and OWRD administrative developments, along with discussions of the key issues driving water policy—storage water rights transfers, water marketing, and sustainability. Practitioners from a wide array of viewpoints will address complex water supply and management challenges in several of Oregon’s watersheds, including the Walla Walla, Deschutes, and Klamath basins. Recent litigation involving the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Tribal interests will be addressed, along with innovative approaches to some of the overarching challenges facing these basins. Recent developments involving Detroit Lake in the Willamette Basin and the status of the Hells Canyon Complex hydropower relicensing effort in the Snake Basin will also be discussed. We will also cover technical considerations for water rights transfers, practical skills for real estate considerations, and ethical issues.
Our keynote speaker this year will be Jason Miner, policy manager for Governor Brown’s Natural Resources Office. We hope you will join us for this excellent program and for a sponsored reception following the first day.
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David E. Filippi, Program Co-Chair, is a member of Stoel Rives LLP. He practices in the areas of natural resources, environmental and land use law. He concentrates his practice on water rights and water quality, fish & wildlife, and permitting.
Richard M. Glick, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He focuses on environmental and water law, representing businesses, local governments and private entities in a wide range of environmental matters.
Jason D. Miner, Special Presenter, serves as the Natural Resources Policy Manager for Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Office of Natural Resources. He previously served as Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon and Conservation Director for Oregon Trout.
Elaine R. Albrich is Counsel with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Her practice focuses on the energy and alcohol beverage industries as well as traditional real estate development and rural economic development opportunities.
Thomas M. Byler is the Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He served nine years as the Executive Director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. He previously worked as a Natural Resources Policy Advisor.
Mary Anne Cooper is Public Policy Counsel at the Oregon Farm Bureau. She also works with state and federal agencies on water quality, water supply, removal-fill, ESA, NEPA, land use, acquisition, and other natural resources issues.
David J. Elkanich is a partner at Holland & Knight, where he focuses his practice on litigation, with an emphasis on legal ethics and risk management. He advises both lawyers and law firms in a wide range of professional responsibility matters.
Ivan K. Gall is the Administrator for the Field Service Division of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He managed the Groundwater Section for 5 years, the East Region for 4 years, and was a hydrogeologist for 9 years.
Michael J. Gelardi is an attorney at Gelardi Law. He counsels on land use & natural resource issues, and he manages agricultural business and real estate transactions. He helped shape OR land use law regarding activities on farm/forest lands.
Justin T. Iverson manages the Groundwater Section of the Oregon Water Resources Department. Prior to joining the Department in 2015, he was a water resources consultant focused on groundwater development.
Kirk B. Maag, a partner at Stoel Rives LLP, practices in natural resources and environmental law. He advises clients in natural resource industries including water suppliers, forest products, agribusinesses, and manufacturers.
Chris K. Marks is a policy analyst in the Department of Natural Resources of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He has been with the Tribes for 9 years and focuses on protecting, enhancing, and restoring stream flows.
Merissa A. Moeller is an environmental attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Her water and land use practice includes regulatory and permitting work on behalf of municipal water utilities, irrigation districts, and wineries.
Josh Newton, an attorney with Karnopp Petersen LLP, focuses on resolving disputes through litigation or alternative means of dispute resolution. He also advises clients on natural resource-related issues, including water law.
Thomas J. Paul is the Special Assistant to the Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He is responsible for special projects as assigned by the Director. He has worked for the Department for over 45 years.
Brian J. Posewitz is a staff attorney at WaterWatch of Oregon. He has handled a variety of water-related cases for WaterWatch and private clients while in private practice. He also is a former WaterWatch board member.
Rep. Karin A. Power represents District 41 in the Oregon State Legislature, which includes the City of Milwaukie, Oak Grove, and the Sellwood, Eastmoreland, Westmoreland and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods of Southeast Portland.
Racquel R. Rancier is the Senior Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Water Resources Department. Previously, she worked at the Oregon State Legislature, providing nonpartisan policy analysis for the Legislature’s natural resources committees.
Richard Roos-Collins is principal of the Water and Power Law Group PC. He represents public agencies, tribes, conservation groups, and companies in cases to enhance the sustainability of water and power resources.
Harry Seely is a water resource economist with WestWater Research LLC. He applies mathematical programming and econometric analysis techniques to estimate the value of water, and has developed a variety of economic models.
Steven L. Shropshire is a shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC with over 20 years of experience in environmental law. He focuses on issues pertaining to water rights, state and federal water policy, water quality issues, and the ESA.
Brent Stevenson is District Manager of the Santiam Water Control District. He has a degree in irrigation technology and has worked managing districts for over 35 years. He is Vice-President of the Oregon Water Resources Congress.
Adam Sussman is a Principal Water Resources Consultant for GSI Water Solutions, Inc. He specializes in water rights and water management, and is an expert in state water rights process, policy, and procedures.