Groundwater Law in Transition
November 1 – 4, 2017 | Baylor University School of Law | Waco, Texas
*Conference Fee: $249 | ^Lodging Provided
October 27, 2017 | 11 AM PST
DTW Convener John Thorson will convene a webinar offering a comparison of how groundwater rights laws differ among states. University of Montana Professor Michelle Bryan will serve as faculty and some judges will share their experience. Save the date now and obtain the call-in information by registering for the webinar starting on October 3. This webinar is open to all judges, regardless whether you can come to our Texas conference.
This 2.5-day conference will prepare judicial officers for adjudicating and resolving groundwater conflicts. The faculty, comprised of scientists and judges, will focus on the enduring and emerging conflicts over groundwater in Texas and across the West. As surface water has become fully committed, farms and growing communities have turned to groundwater, leading to conflicts over water as well as land-use. This conference will start with the science of groundwater, and will explore how conflicts over groundwater – and its connection to surface water – have emerged in states across the nation. Some states long ago applied surface water rights law concepts to groundwater. Other states have adopted new governance structures to manage a declining resource, with the hope of restoring groundwater reserves. As a special benefit, conference participants will have an opportunity to see, first-hand, on a day in the field, how groundwater works and contributes to the communities it serves.
If you would like more information about the upcoming conference in Texas, please contact the Executive Director Alf W. Brandt, at ALFIII@sbcglobal.net .
A limited number of scholarships are available; apply during the registration process.
*Includes: the cost of materials, opening reception, most meals (including the conference dinner at the Baylor Club), and the day in the field.
^Thanks to generous funding from the Water Justice Fund, lodging for three nights at the Courtyard Waco is covered for participants.