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Groundwater Law and Hydrology

Preview the class! 

Join us for a free webinar from noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 for a discussion about the new groundwater legislation and a preview of the class. Sign up here!

This course is essential for professionals working in water resources in California. Effective groundwater management requires a combined understanding of the legal principles and physical characteristics of the resource. Acquire a working knowledge of groundwater law and hydrology, and discover new developments in case law, legislation and practice.

Receive thorough instruction on the physical characteristics of groundwater and the fundamental tenets of California groundwater law, including distinctions between percolating groundwater and surface water, the definition of basin boundaries, interrelated concepts of safe yield and overdraft, and different categories of groundwater rights. Examine alternative problem-solving approaches to address specific groundwater allocation and quality problems, such as management plans, physical solutions and court adjudication. You will also review case studies from groundwater disputes throughout California. Participants are encouraged to relate their own case studies and specific problems during the course.


Kevin OBrien is the managing partner of the Sacramento law firm of Downey Brand LLP. He has served as lead counsel in numerous court cases involving groundwater rights and water quality issues throughout California.
Tom Elson is a principal with the Woodland firm Luhdorff & Scalmanini Consulting Engineers. His experience in engineering, wells and groundwater resources spans 34 years, and includes design and construction management of water supply wells, various classes of injection wells, groundwater supply sufficiency and groundwater recharge.


Nov. 7: Fri., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA





Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for APACA Section and BIA members


.6 CEU, 6 Hours, 6 MCLE Hours, 6 AICP Hours, 6 REHS Hours






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning

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