Water and Real Estate Development in Idaho | October 10 & 11, 2017 | Boise

In many parts of the country we’ve gone from drought to too much water too fast. This creates some interesting water law issues for organizations seeking to divert excess surface water for aquifer recharge.
We have other interesting water issues emerging from the rebound in real estate development in Idaho. One aspect is the conversion of agricultural lands to urban development and the water rights issues arising from change of water use from agricultural to domestic. Real estate and planning professionals will need to brush up on water rights and water quality law. We have a number of topics at this year’s program to help them do that.
Another development issue is the need for new water infrastructure. We’re pleased to have Lorri Gray, Pacific Northwest Regional Director of Bureau of Reclamation, speaking on the Trump Administration’s infrastructure development plans and prospects for federal funding for water infrastructure projects in Idaho.
A number of water infrastructure projects were put on the shelf during the recession and there is interest in dusting them off and moving ahead. There are a number of legal and technical water rights issues that must first be resolved, particularly for projects that went through bankruptcy.
Join us for a comprehensive discussion by a variety of subject matter experts on the water issues for real estate development in Idaho. More information is available here.


Clean Water and Stormwater | June 22 & 23, 2017 – Seattle, WA

One of the highlights of last week’s Clean Water/Stormwater seminar was the discussion of increasing concerns about concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances (PFAS) in water supplies. Those are very stable substances that accumulate over time, so the concentrations are growing.

Robert Anderson, Senior Principal Hydrogeologist at Geosyntec Consultants, presented an excellent technical overview of what the chemicals are, how they are used, their pathways into drinking water supplies, and treatment options. The presentation was in the context of an actual situation faced by the City of Issaquah, so it included a lot of practical tips.

Program Co-Chair Jeff Kray of Marten Law provided an overview of the legal issues at the interplay between clean water, drinking water, and hazardous waste law. It included a detailed analysis of the pros and cons of using the eight federal and state statutes that could come into play in these situations, in terms of identifying the source, fashioning a remedy, and determining who pays.

You can view a complimentary replay of the discussion on our YouTube channel. Replays of the entire program, which addressed a number of other pressing water quality issues, are available on our website.