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Lunch will be provided. Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. The program will begin at 12 Noon.

Ditches in Minnesota were a political no-fly zone until Governor Mark Dayton declared in 2015 a major new policy effort to ensure all drainageways in the state – as well as lakes and creeks – were bordered by vegetated buffers. Since then property owners, local government staff, state agency representatives and legislators have rushed into action, attempting to simultaneously and implement the legislation. Requirements for lakes and creeks became effective late last year, while ditches must be buffered by November 2018. Tom Gile from the Rochester office of the Board of Water and Soil Resources and Michael Welch, an attorney with Smith Partners in Minneapolis, will provide an overview of the legal framework and progress made on the ground around the state on the rollout of the law.


Michael Welch, Smith Partners PLLP

Tom Gile, Board of Water and Soil Resource

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Fri 12:00 PM CSTMSBA ENRE Law SectionMinneapolis, MN
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Put a Buffer on it – Minnesota’s New Water-Protection Landscape Feature | February 23rd @ 12 PM | Register now -

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The Trump Era of Environmental Law After Year One – What Has Happened and What Comes Next | February 15th, 4 - 5 PM @ MSBA |

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Join us for our social hour immediately following the Trump CLE at

Thu 5:00 PM CSTStoel Rives LLPMinneapolis, MN
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We are assembling a distinguished panel of attorneys to discuss where we have been and where we may be going under the Trump administration in the areas of environmental review, environmental enforcement and other environmental areas.

Please join us for our social hour immediately following this program at the offices of Stoel Rives LLP, located at 33 South Sixth Street, Suite 4200 (above MSBA offices).

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1.0 Standard CLE Credit to be applied for


Section Member: FREE
MSBA Member (but not ENRE Member): $30 - or check out offer below!
Non-MSBA Member: $35
Law Student: FREE

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The winner of the Law Student Writing Contest telecommuted from his honors job at EPA to accept his award.

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Hopportunity Knocks, Again: More Brownfields, Beer and the Law| October 24 at 2PM @ Utepils Brewing |

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You know it's fall in Minnesota when there are three ENRE CLE's in just over a month--10/17 Safe Drinking Water and Law Student Reception; 10/24 Hoppertunity Knocks, Again; and 11/9 2017 Agency Update. Hope to see you at some or all!

We are pleased to once again announce a special joint event sponsored by the MSBA section on Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy Law and Minnesota Brownfields that will look at the intersection of two movements in Minnesota, the redevelopment of brownfield properties and the craft brewing boom.


1:30 PM - Check-In/Registration


Environmental Law Hot Topics
Historical Fill Reuse Liability - Sara Peterson, Parkway Law
Vapor Liability - Elizabeth Schmiesing, Winthrop & Weinstein

Brownfield Funding Update
Kristin Lukes, MNDEED

A Flight of Brewery Stories
Castle Danger Expansion - Donovan Hannu, Baywest
Brewery at Northern Stacks – Chris Thompson, Braun Intertec
Craft Brewery Sustainability - Michelle Stockness, Barr Engineering

A Final Round – To Be Announced

4:00 PM - Happy Hour Reception

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In recent years, news headlines have been marked by alarming examples where safe and sufficient water has been affected by failures in infrastructure, chemical spills into water supplies, degrading water quality in water sources, and land-use issues. Could these threats occur in Minnesota? Join us for a panel discussion that will examines the legal basis for protecting water supplies, the Minnesota Department of Health's role in protecting water supplies and challenges for wa...ter utilities.

The CLE will immediately be followed by the Annual FREE Pizza Reception for Law Student and New Attorneys interested in environmental law.


Kevin Reuther, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Tom Hogan, Environmental Health Division Director, Minnesota Department of Health

Todd Ostweiler, Rochester Public Utilities

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Breakfast, networking and registration will begin at 7:30 AM. The program will begin at 8:00 AM.

Join us for our annual briefing from top state agency officials on current and upcoming environmental issues. This program provides updates on the key issues facing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the latest news from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources and Minnesota Environ...mental Quality Board. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session that will allow you to get up-to-date information on the issues affecting your practice.


David Frederickson, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

John Linc Stine, Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

John Jaschke,Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Will Seuffert, Executive Director, Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

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Thu 8:00 AM CSTStinson Leonard Street LLP; 50 South Sixth Street, Suite 2600; Minneapolis, MN 55402

Join us for a CLE event that will provide an update on federal and Minnesota environmental law activities since the Spring. It has been a busy summer in environmental law and it concerns more than just the new administration. We will discuss the Trump EPA, but also recent D.C. circuit decisions. Locally, we will address the Freeway Landfill and more.

Thaddeus R. Lightfoot, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Peder Larson, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd