2016 Law Seminar

Registering online and planning on attending both the Law Seminar and Consent Decree Workshop? Please be sure to register for the Law Seminar first in order to receive a discount code for the Consent Decree Workshop! Please note that the discount code will arrive via your Law Seminar confirmation email. If you plan on using the paper registration form, the discount will be automatically applied.


For the first time, NACWA will host the annual National Clean Water Law Seminar consecutively with the Consent Decree Workshop, thereby providing an intensive one-stop knowledge shop for the essential legal, regulatory and enforcement issues affecting clean water agencies. This new efficient format is sure to deliver an invaluable learning and networking experience for utility leaders and lawyers alike. 

2016 National Clean Water Law Seminar: A Fountain of Clean Water Law Knowledge

With more fountains than any city in the world except Rome, Kansas City elevates and showcases water every day, keeping it at the forefront of the minds of residents and visitors.  The City of Fountains will serve as the perfect backdrop for NACWA’s Law Seminar, the only conference of its kind, focused specifically on the legal and regulatory challenges facing the municipal clean water community.

The Seminar program will span a wide range of critical issues impacting clean water utilities, with many of the top clean water attorneys and professionals in the country providing valuable analysis and insights that will be relevant to any attorney or public agency manager working on municipal wastewater and stormwater issues.

Consent Decree Workshop: Get to the Heart of Enforcement Developments in the Heart of America

Knowing how to effectively negotiate and implement an enforcement order or consent decree is a critical skill that all utility attorneys and managers should have.  NACWA’s Consent Decree Workshop offers intensive sessions on the current state of play in the consent decree arena.

Through analysis of real world case studies, available tools, effective negotiation strategies, and areas of evolving regulatory flexibility, this Workshop will equip clean water agencies with the most up-to-date consent decree information and resources to renegotiate existing decrees or negotiate new decrees that best serve their communities and the environment. The Workshop will also provide a forum for candid dialogue and information sharing on lessons learned, successes and failures. 

Whether your utility or client is under an existing decree, currently in negotiations with regulators or potentially subject to future enforcement, this workshop is for you.   Workshop attendees will also be the first to receive NACWA’s new 2016 Consent Decree Handbook - Wet Weather Consent Decrees: Negotiation Strategies to Maximize Flexibility & Environmental Benefit - an essential resource for municipal attorneys, managers, and staff to use during negotiation, renegotiation and implementation of federal or state enforcement decrees.

Hit a Grand Slam on Continuing Legal Education Credits

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available for both the Law Seminar and Consent Decree Workshop, including ethics credits.  Attorneys can earn a year’s worth of general CLE credits by attending both events.

November 1

Law Seminar Begins

  • Clean Water Act Primer
  • Stormwater Primer
  • Plenary Session
  • Welcoming Reception

November 2

  • Plenary Session
  • Luncheon
  • Plenary Session

November 3

  • Plenary Session

Law Seminar Adjourns

Consent Decree Workshop Begins

  • Luncheon
  • Plenary Session
  • Reception

November 4

  • Plenary Session

Consent Decree Workshop Adjourns