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.
We have invited Robert P. Baumgartner of the Oregon Water Resources Commission, to be our keynote speaker this year. 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, concentrating on water rights & quality, fish and wildlife law, and permitting.
Richard M. Glick, Program Co-Chair, practices water and environmental law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. For the past 34 years he has advised and represented farms, irrigation districts and municipal water utilities in Oregon.
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.
Robert P. Baumgartner serves on the Oregon Water Resources Commission and is Assistant Regulatory Affairs Department Director of Clean Water Services, maintaining water quality throughout the Tualatin River Watershed.
Senator Cliff Bentz represents District 30 in the Oregon State Legislature which includes Baker, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Malheur, Wheeler and parts of Clackamas, Deschutes, Lake, Marion, and Wasco Counties.
Thomas M. Byler is Director of the Oregon Water Resources Department. He previously served as Executive Director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Before OWEB, he worked as a Natural Resources Policy Advisor.
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 & fisheries.
Mary Anne Cooper is the VP of Public Policy at the Oregon Farm Bureau. She works with state and federal agencies on water quality & supply, removal-fill, ESA, NEPA, Clean Water Act, floodplain regulation, and land use.
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.
David J. Elkanich is a partner at Holland & Knight LLP with a practice emphasis on legal ethics and risk management. He frequently counsels lawyers and other professionals on how to navigate an “electronic” practice.
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.
Craig Gannett is a partner in Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He focuses on renewable energy and climate change. He advises clients on a broad range of regulatory matters, including those relating to hydroelectric dams.
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.
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. She focuses on water rights, wetlands, water quality and agricultural law.
Olivier Jamin is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. His work includes advising clients on federal and state environmental compliance issues, as well as regulatory issues in the food and beverages industry.
Kirk B. Maag co-leads the Agribusiness, Food, and Beverage Team at Stoel Rives LLP. He advises clients on water rights, real property transactions, ESA issues, and regulations governing solid and hazardous wastes.
Janet Neuman is Senior Counsel with Tonkon Torp LLP in the firm’s Water Law and Environmental & Natural Resources Practice Groups. She is considered one of the foremost water law specialists in Oregon and nationwide.
Stephen J. Odell is an Assistant U.S. Attorney who specializes in environmental and natural resources litigation in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon. He previously worked as a trial attorney for the U.S. DOJ.
Brian J. Posewitz is a staff attorney at WaterWatch of Oregon. He is a former WaterWatch board member & while in private practice he handled a variety of water-related cases for WaterWatch and private clients.
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.
Tracy Rutten currently serves as an Intergovernmental Relations Associate for the League of Oregon Cities, advocating on water supply/quality, energy, environmental issues, solid waste, recycling and public contracting.
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 the Executive Director of the Oregon Water Resources Congress, a nonprofit association representing irrigation districts, water control districts, drainage districts, and other agricultural water suppliers.
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.