Laura is a nationally-recognized expert in Western water law and policy, with experience as an environmental lawyer spanning more than three decades. Her areas of expertise beyond water law include administrative law and permitting, NEPA compliance and review, non-governmental organization program development, tribal reserved water rights, and a broad range of public and private land management and restoration experience. Prior to joining Culp & Kelly, LLP, Laura established Trout Unlimited's (TU's) Montana Water Project in 1998, beginning TU's flow restoration efforts, and subsequently helping to grow TU's water work to nine states (MT, CO, WY, ID, UT, NM, OR, WA, and CA), and growing its water staff from two to 122. TU's Western Water and Habitat Program became TU's largest conservation initiative during her tenure, which works to restore and maintain streamflows and watersheds for healthy coldwater fisheries.
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- C18: Voluntary Water Right Transactions and Instream Transfers for Conservation Purposes
September 08, 2023
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM