A Celebration of Life for Susan Trager

Hosted by the Laguna Beach Water District, a Celebration of Life for Susan Trager Announcement is presented below.

Link to the Celebration of Life Announcement Flyer or click on the above image.

A Tribute, Resolution, and Other News

The following is a transcript of the comments made in the Superior Court of the State of California – for the County of Los Angeles – Department 316 – Hon. Jack Komar presiding. We thank Judge Komar and the attorneys present in the court who acknowledged the passing of one of their colleagues.

March 24, 2011 – In Solemn Memory of Susan Trager

The following is Resolution 2011-5 adopted during the April Board of Directors Meeting of the San Luis Rey Municipal Water District. We thank Vic Pankey, Bill Pankey and Directors Veysey, Fritz, and Yarger for their kind words of appreciation in remembering their District Legal Counsel of 30 years.

Resolution 2011-5 Commemorating the Late Susan Trager

The following is a modified page of the Orange County Water Association April 2011 Newsletter Water Matters.

April 2011 OCWA Water Matters

The following is a modified page of the Association of California Water Agencies April 2011 Newsletter ACWA News.

April 2011 ACWA News

The following is a modified page of The Little Guild  Spring 2011 Newsletter. The Little Guild of West Cornwall, CT is one of Susan’s favorite charities. We thank everyone who made a donation in the name of Susan Trager.

Spring 2011 Newsletter of The Little Guild

The following is a news article commenting on the “brilliant and tenacious water rights attorney Suasn Trager” in the selection of a new General Counsel for the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District.

CSD Selects New Legal Counsel

In Memory of Susan M. Trager

Please scroll below the photo to access links to all published online articles on the passing of Susan.  Links will be added if we discover additional tributes and/or news articles.

Susan M. Trager

1947 – 2011

A Message from the Trager Family
Members of the Trager Family wish to extend their sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support and kind words of condolences we have received from the many friends and colleagues of Susan.
Our Family wishes to let everyone know that we are coordinating with the Laguna Beach County Water District in the planning of a Celebration of Life for Susan which will be held at a later date.
We wish to thank you all for your patience at this difficult time for us.
Laurie Trager, Frank Trager, Phil Trager, and Nettie Trager-Fuellenkemper

Private family services will be held in Connecticut.

Susan M. Trager – Obituary (with Guest/Memory Book)
The Orange County Register

Susan M. Trager – Obituary (with Guest/Memory Book)
Los Angeles Times

Water expert was first woman on Laguna Beach water commission
Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot

Property Rights Attorney Trager Dies
CalWatchDog

Water-Rights Attorney Dies
San Bernardino County Sun

Longtime Local Water Attorney and LB Water District Commissioner, Dies
Stu News Laguna

Susan Trager, noted water rights attorney, dies
The Orange County Register

Images, credentials, and notices from the extraordinary life of Susan Trager.

Click on SMT’s Card to launch a visual slideshow.

So, you want to be a big time Water Lawyer?
Compare your resume to this 1974 version from the personal files of SMT.

1974 SMT Resume

Supreme Court’s Murky Clean Water Act Ruling Created Legal Quagmire

Lawyers rarely agree on anything, but here’s an exception: They all say the Supreme Court bungled Rapanos v. United States, a major wetlands case, almost five years ago.

Attorneys representing all interested parties say lower court judges, regulators, the business community and individual landowners continue to suffer as a result of the confusion sown by the justices whose main job is to provide clarity in the law.

The case concerned the efforts of Michigan landowner John Rapanos to develop a property that, much to his dismay, was designated as a wetland. He hadn’t applied for a permit and was subsequently the target of U.S. EPA civil and criminal enforcement actions.

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Rep. Jeff Denham named to the Subcommittee on Water and Power

Rep. Jeff Denham today expands his influence over the House debate on water issues and his ability to address California’s water crisis by joining the Subcommittee on Water and Power in the House Committee on Natural Resources.  With a seat on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well, Rep. Denham now has jurisdiction over many programs including the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Bureau of Reclamation.

The unemployment rates are consistently above the national average in the Central Valley. As a long time farmer in the area, Rep. Denham understands the immediacy of the water crisis and will remain committed to bringing water back to the Central Valley in order for farmers to grow crops and put people back to work.

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Don Curlee: Agriculture, urban goals are similar in California

The powerful Westlands Water District recently withdrew its support for the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, action that might light a fire under other water organizations in the state.

The bold action by Westlands indicates that it is no longer willing to put up with unwanted and unmerited federal interference in the conscientious efforts by water interests in California to make the best use of water.

Westlands’ concerns regarding political interference by the Department of the Interior and its creation of further water restrictions without scientific basis are well-justified. Among other questionable activities, this department has been criticized recently by federal and state legislators for holding secret meetings on its planning process and for manipulating science to support its drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the loss of 12,000 jobs.

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Water: Upbeat first assessment of year’s supplies



The rainy season isn’t over yet, but California farmers already have reasons to be optimistic about the 2011 harvest.

A torrent of early winter storms and higher-than-expected water left from 2010 prompted federal regulators Tuesday to issue an upbeat first assessment of the year’s water supplies.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the sprawling network of pipes and pumps that bring water to Central Valley farmlands and some urban customers in the Bay Area, expects to deliver as much as 100 percent of the water supplies requested.

“The new year starts with an encouraging water supply forecast, thanks to the precipitation delivered by Mother Nature,” David Hayes, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, said in a statement.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/18/BARH1HARF6.DTL#ixzz1Bh1HaBxh

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