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Annual Conference Dinner Meeting -- organized by GRA's Southern California Branch

A Framework for Groundwater Storage in the Central and
West Coast Sub-Basins of the Coastal Plain of Los Angeles


September 24, 2008 -- Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa -- 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Presenters: Chris Frahm and William Kruse

This dinner meeting will be held the day before GRA's 17th Annual Meeting.
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An estimated 450,000 acre feet of usable storage space is available for conjunctive use in the Central and West Coast Sub-Basins of the Los Angeles Coastal Plain.  As imported supplies become more expensive and scarce, the ability to store water and use this available space when water is available to augment local water supplies is becoming more and more critical.   Storage augmentation in these two basins will benefit the water resource management needs and water supply reliability needs of the 4 million people in the region. 

A framework has been developed that is guiding the development of possible amendments to both the Central and West Coast Basin judgments. Both Ms. Frahm and Mr. Kruse have been instrumental in developing this framework.  They will discuss details of the framework, the current status of the framework process along with some of the history in basin management in these two basins.

Presenter Biographies:

Chris Frahm
, a shareholder with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, practices in the areas of coordination and strategic engagement of lobbying services at the state and local level to support client efforts to secure new water supplies or better manage existing supplies. Ms. Frahm serves as special counsel and provides lobbying services for municipalities, utilities, private corporations, districts and public agencies on water supply and infrastructure development projects, transportation, air quality and other infrastructure-related issues.  Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is GRA’s Legislative Advocate in Sacramento. Ms. Frahm is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach in 1973.  She received her J.D. in 1976 from the University of Southern California Law School. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, the Supreme Court of California and the united States District Court for the Central and Northern Districts of California.

Ms. Frahm has served as the Chairwoman of the Board of the San Diego County Water Authority, where she represented the City of San Diego for more than a decade. During that time she also served as Chairwoman of the Water Policy, Finance and Imported Water Committees. She also represented the San Diego region on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, serving the more than 18 million residents of Southern California. While there, she served as Vice-Chairwoman of the Board, Chairwoman of the Water Policy and Audit Committees, and, Vice-Chairwoman of the Engineering and Operations Committee.
 
Recently, she has been a key participant in a Framework resolution of longstanding controversies over groundwater management in the Central and West Basin areas of Los Angeles. Navigating the institutional and political challenges to the development of water supplies and water-related infrastructure on behalf of her clients, Ms. Frahm works closely with key leaders and decision-makers in California water law, legislative and policy arenas, providing sound water management and public policy planning solutions to meet the state’s water supply reliability and other infrastructure needs.

Ms. Frahm is a frequent speaker before a wide variety of professional and community forums, including public agencies and local ratepayer groups, on the subjects of water reliability and rates, water distribution system access, level playing field for utility clients, and other current water issues.

William F. Kruse, a managing partner of Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse, LLP, practices in the areas of municipal, real estate and water law, and is also conversant in areas of taxation, business, business litigation, and corporate law. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in business administration in 1976 and his M.B.A. in 1979. He received his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Southern California Law Center. He is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Tax Court.

Since obtaining combined J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, has nearly 30 years experience in the representation of public water districts and natural resource law, including service as general counsel and special counsel focused on water rights issues.

Specific activities include: General Counsel to the Central Basin Water Association, representing the majority of water rights holders in southern Los Angeles County; Member of the working group charged with the development of the Framework for Groundwater Storage in the Central and West Coast Basins, a proposal for the organization of diverse interests to implement meaningful conjunctive use.

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