Legal Workshop
Legal and Regulatory Challenges And Opportunities In An Era Of Climate Change

The Legal and Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities In An Era of Climate Change workshop will analyze current and emerging legal and regulatory challenge that are impacting both water utilities and the water sector in the current post-COVID19 environment.  The workshop will guide participants through solution-based approaches to these challenges and opportunities, as well as offer strategies to successfully manage them. Designed to foster collaborative discussions between attendees and presenters, the workshop includes dedicated networking opportunities, interactive Q&A sessions, and the opportunity for attendees to earn CLEs or related continuing education credits. Presenters will include leaders from the legal, water, regulatory, and municipal sectors.


October 6, 2022

Please note: this workshop is by invitation only. If you have recevied a registration email, please register online below.

Registration for the October 6, 2022 Legal Communitiy Workshop "Legal and Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities In An Era of Climate Change" will be held in-person, in Denver, Colorado. Registration is now open!

This AWWA Legal Roundtable Workshop is graciously sponsored by Perkins Coie, LLP. Hosted by Denver Water

Who Attends

  • Water utility General Counsels and in-house legal staff
  • Water utility CEOs, GMs, COOs, and related senior management
  • Municipal legal professionals
  • Legal professionals practicing in the water sector

Sample workshop pricing.  

Registration Rates
Small Systems*
Seminar Registration   $245 $345  $95
*Must have under 3500 customers. All Small Systems registrations will be verified. Enter the promo code “LEGALSMALL” upon checking out to receive the small systems pricing.

Please register early; advance registration is required per host facility security requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing, faxed or emailed to AWWA. Cancellations before the early deadline will receive a refund minus 25% administrative fee. Cancellations post-deadline will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email Customer Service.
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Workshop Agenda

The October 6, 2022 workshop will take place at Denver Water Headquarters in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Preliminary agenda below - all times Mountain Time. Please check back for updates and additional details.


October 6, 2022


8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Jim Lochhead - CEO, Denver Water: “A CEO’s  Perspectives on Climate/Resiliency Challenges”

9:00 a.m.

Panel #1: Resiliency Challenges and Strategies

An interactive discussion on current and evolving resiliency challenges that water utilities and the sector are facing across the Nation, and the strategies that are being used to successfully manage them.

Moderator: Jessica Brody, General Counsel - Denver Water

Heather Collins - Section Manger Water Treatment, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California           
Bruce Hallin - Director Water Supply, Salt River Project

10:15 a.m.

Networking break

10:30 a.m.

Panel #2: Legal/Regulatory Challenges to Infrastructure Projects

A roundtable discussion on both legal and regulatory challenges to water infrastructure projects ranging from WOTUS to NEPA to ESA.

Moderator: Don Baur, Partner - Perkins Coie

Ted Boling - Partner, Perkins Coie (on NEPA)
Gary Frazer - Asst. Director of Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife (on ESA)
Meredith Weinberg - Partner, Perkins Coie (on WOTUS) 

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Tour of Denver Water’s state-of-the-art facilities 

1:15 p.m.

Panel #3:  Legal Issues, Litigation Roundup: An Overview of Recent and Ongoing Litigation Impacting Water
An overview of current and developing key legal issues and litigation impacting both water utilities and the water sector.

Stacey Bosshardt - Senior Counsel, Perkins Coie
Nick DiMascio - Senior Attorney, Denver Water

2:15 p.m. 

Networking break

3:15 p.m.

Panel #4:  EPA Regulatory Updates and Looking Forward (PFAS, L&C Rule, RCRA)

An interactive discussion on current and developing EPA regulatory activities covering such topics as PFAS, the Lead & Copper Rule, Enforcement & Compliance, and RCRA.

Moderator: Tracy Mehan, Executive Director - Government Affairs - AWWA (Washington, DC)
Dan Arnold - Senior Attorney, Denver Water (on L&C)
Doug Benevento - Counsel, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath (on E&C, EPA regulatory)
Chris Moody - Regulatory Technical Manager, AWWA (on PFAS)

4:00 p.m.


4:15 p.m.

Informal Networking Reception 






For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Events Group.