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Arizona conference to highlight water law

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Tier 1 water restrictions from Lake Mead will likely be one of several hot-topic issues addressed at the annual Arizona Water Law Conference in Scottsdale in late August. The event offers continuing education credits to attorneys as it addresses drought and the shrinking supplies of Colorado River water among neighboring western states.
The Aug. 26-27 event will feature representatives from Arizona, California, Nevada, and Colorado.

The 29th Annual Arizona Water Law Conference is live again in Scottsdale with timely information on water shortages and what the states that rely upon the Colorado River can and must do in the coming years to avoid catastrophe.

Panel discussions and presentations centered on Colorado River and Arizona groundwater policy will highlight the event. Attendees can earn up to 12 hours of minimum continuing legal education credits, including one hour of ethics credits.

An afternoon panel on the first day features representatives from Arizona, California, Nevada, and Colorado on the topic: "What are the river states going to do in the next couple of years?" This should be particularly poignant given the projected water delivery cutbacks Arizona and Nevada will face under tier 1 restrictions out of Lake Mead.

That panel is scheduled to include Thomas Buschatzke, director, Arizona Department of Water Resources; John Entsminger, general manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada Water Authority; Chris Harris, executive director, State of California Colorado River Board; and James S. Lochhead, CEO/manager, Denver Water.

Additional topics of discussion will address surface water, groundwater, adjudications, and a panel featuring private water companies from Phoenix will be just some of the topics discussed.

An update from Tanya Trujillo, assistant secretary for water and science with the U.S. Dept. of Interior is scheduled for the Friday morning discussion.

The two-day conference takes place Aug. 26-27 at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The event is sponsored by CLE International, a continuing education provider of professional education programs in the United States and Canada. Its seminars focus on a variety of topics from eminent domain to wine, beer, spirits, water law and land use law.

Registration and information on CLE International can be found online.

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