Event Oct 07, 2014

Hydrology and the Law

Law Seminars International

Program Co-Chair and BB&K Managing Partner Eric Garner and Partner Shawn Hagerty were among the presenters at this one-day seminar titled “Hydrology and the Law: Effective Tools for Resolving Water Rights and Damages Issues” in Santa Monica, Calif. and webcast live. California is in the midst of a historic drought. Surface water deliveries are at an all-time low and many groundwater basins are being significantly drawn down. As the State, other public agencies and private interests struggle with how to maintain supplies in the short and long term, as well as protect the environment and comply with environmental regulations, understanding how hydrology and the law interrelate has never been more important.

This one-day seminar explained the basics of hydrology and how it interacts with the law in California for the benefit of practitioners in both fields. In particular, leading experts in both fields examined the relationship between hydrology and the law as it relates to water quality and pending groundwater legislation, as well as how hydrology comes into play during litigation. This seminar helped practitioners in both fields improve their overall understanding of these very interrelated fields just as water issues are front page news.

BB&K Speakers:

Eric Garner
8:30 a.m., “Introduction and Overview: Surface and Groundwater Law and Relevant Legal Concepts”
2:30 p.m., “The Practical Application of Science to New Groundwater Regulation”

Shawn Hagerty
1:30 p.m., “The Practical Application of Science to Current Water Quality Issues: Challenges of Certainty in an Uncertain World”


  • Hydrology of surface water, groundwater and sub-surface flows
  • Water supply forecasting
  • Application of science to water quality issues
  • New groundwater regulations
  • The use of science in resolving water quality disputes and damages


  • Attorneys
  • Consultants
  • Real estate developers
  • Agricultural water users
  • Agency and Tribal representatives
  • Anyone else involved in water issues in California

Tuesday, Oct. 7

DoubleTree Guest Suites Santa Monica Hotel or Live via Webcast

Continuing Education Credits
Live credits: Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 6.75 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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