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Regulations Governing Discharges to Water

May 30, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Energy & Natural Resources 

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Are the waters and wetlands on your property subject to federal jurisdiction as “water of the United States?” Does it matter what state your property is located in? Do you need a Clean Water Act permit to discharge wastewater into groundwater? What is a wetland delineation anyway? 

In this webinar, Husch Blackwell attorneys Phillip Bower and Daniel Fanning and GZA GeoEnvironmental environmental scientist David Ruetz will walk through the Trump Administration’s proposed “waters of the U.S. rule” and the status of prior rules defining “waters of the U.S.” They will also cover a recent line of cases addressing whether discharges to groundwater that impact surface waters are subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction and require permits. Finally, they will provide a practical explanation of what goes into a wetland delineation and the general process for obtaining a permit to disturb wetlands.


  • Definition of Waters of the United States
  • Clean Water Act liability for discharges to groundwater
  • Wetland delineations
  • General wetland permitting process

David Ruetz, Asst. General Counsel/Sr. Environmental Scientist, GZA GeoEnvironmental
Phillip Bower, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Daniel Fanning, Attorney, Husch Blackwell LLP

Who Should Attend
Environmental health and safety managers, in-house counsel, business development managers, and development consultants.

Continuing Education Credit
This program is pending approval for Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin continuing legal education credit.

Questions? Contact Morgan Buciumean at 303.749.7281.


Daniel A. Fanning