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For our 28th 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 water-related legislative and administrative developments, along with discussions of the key issues driving water policy—the intersection of climate change and water supply, the legalization of cannabis, the changing demands for stored water, and the need to improve dam safety. Practitioners from a wide array of viewpoints will address complex water supply and management challenges in several of Oregon’s watersheds, including the Willamette, Grand Ronde, Deschutes, and Klamath basins. Developments involving the Clean Water Act’s definition of “Waters of the U.S.” and the application of Section 401 will be addressed, along with other recent decisions involving water distribution, water access, and storage water permits. Developments involving the Federal Columbia River Power System and the Hells Canyon Complex in the Snake Basin will also be discussed. We will also provide an overview of federal reserved water rights, reflect on Tribal water rights from the perspective of a practitioner with four decades of experience, and cover ethical issues.
Meta Loftsgaarden of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board will be our keynote speaker this year. We hope you will join us for this excellent program that includes a sponsored lunch & reception on the first day.
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David E. Filippi, Program Co-Chair, is a member of Stoel Rives LLP. He concentrates his practice on water rights and water quality, fish and wildlife law, and project facility siting and permitting.
Richard M. Glick, Program Co-Chair, practices water and environmental law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He represents individual and corporate farms, irrigation districts and municipal water utilities.
Howard G. Arnett is Of Counsel at Karnopp Petersen LLP. He practices in Federal Indian law, on matters involving treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, tribal law development, government-to-government relations, and gaming.
Thomas M. Byler is Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He previously served as Dir. of the OR Watershed Enhancement Board and Natural Resources Policy Advisor for Gov’s Kulongoski & Kitzhaber.
Anton A. Chiono is the Water Transactions Specialist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. His work focuses on market-based approaches to the conservation and restoration of river ecosystems and their fisheries.
Brett Dumas is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Idaho Power Company. He has been instrumental in the efforts to relicense their three dams in Hells Canyon that straddle the Idaho-Oregon border.
Kate Fitzpatrick is the Program Director for the Deschutes River Conservancy. She has 15 years’ experience developing and implementing collaborative strategies to restore water to Deschutes Basin rivers and streams.
Beth S. Ginsberg is a partner with Stoel Rives LLP. For more than thirty years, she has litigated natural resource, wildlife and environmental cases and counseled clients on the complexities of regulatory compliance and permitting issues.
Ritchie Graves has served as Chief of the Columbia Hydropower Branch within NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Region since 2006. He is responsible for staff working on mainstem Snake and Columbia River hydropower issues.
Gail Greenman is the Director of National Affairs for the Oregon Farm Bureau, a grassroots, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the interests of family farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas.
Jennifer L. Harder is an associate professor at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she teaches courses in water, environmental & administrative law. She was previously a partner at Downey Brand LLP.
Elizabeth E. Howard is a shareholder at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC and heads its Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental Law Department. Her practice focuses on water rights, wetlands, water quality and agricultural law.
Olivier Jamin is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He advises clients on federal and state land use & environmental compliance issues, as well as regulatory issues in the food and beverages industry.
Meta Loftsgaarden is Executive Director for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, directing a $103 million biennial budget. She also serves as Governor Brown’s lead for Oregon’s 100-Year Water Vision.
Kirk B. Maag co-leads the Agribusiness, Food, and Beverage Team at Stoel Rives LLP and has deep roots in Oregon agriculture. He grew up working on his family’s irrigated farm and feedlot in eastern Oregon.
Janet E. Neuman is Senior Counsel in Tonkon Torp LLP’s Water Law and Environmental & Natural Resources practice groups. She represents clients in water and natural-resource-related matters, including obtaining/protecting water rights.
Stephen J. Odell is a partner at Marten Law LLP. He has more than two decades of experience as a first-chair litigator in cases involving energy, environmental, and natural resources law, many involving issues related to the ESA.
Brian J. Posewitz is a staff attorney at WaterWatch of Oregon. He has handled a variety of water-related cases for WaterWatch and other clients while in private practice; and is a former WaterWatch board member.
Representative Karin A. Power represents District 41 in the Oregon State Legislature. She has years of environmental law experience, advocating for cleaner water and air, and protecting Oregon’s environmental heritage.
Jason Pulley is a Utilities Planning Coordinator for the City of Salem Public Works, Planning & Development Division. He also serves as Vice Chair of the League of Oregon Cities Water/Wastewater Policy Committee.
Representative Jeff Reardon represents District 48 in the Oregon State Legislature. He co-chairs the Ways and Means Natural Resources Sub-Committee, is Vice-Chair of the Water Committee, and sits on the Natural Resources Committee.
Calon N. Russell is an attorney with Holland & Knight LLP, who advises lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and professional responsibility matters. His practice includes state bar disciplinary defense and risk management.
Tracy Rutten serves as an Intergovernmental Relations Associate for the League of Oregon Cities, advocating for water/quality, energy, environmental issues, solid waste, recycling & public contracting.
Evan S. Sheffels is Senior Policy Advisor to the Director of the WA State Dept. of Agriculture. He previously served as associate director of government relations for the Washington Farm Bureau and as Special Asst.on Water Policy at the Dept. of Ecology.
Steven L. Shropshire is a shareholder at Jordan Ramis PC with over 20 years’ experience in natural resources & environmental law. He focuses on water rights, state/federal water policy, water quality issues, and the ESA.
Paul S. Simmons is an attorney and shareholder in the law firm of Somach Simmons & Dunn in Sacramento, California. He represents Klamath Project contractors in the ongoing Klamath River adjudication.
April Snell is Executive Director of the Oregon Water Resources Congress, a nonprofit association representing irrigation districts, water control districts, drainage districts, and agricultural water suppliers.
Adam Sussman is a Principal Water Resources Consultant for GSI Water Solutions, Inc. and leads the water rights & resources practice. He is an expert in state water rights process, policy and procedures.