Chris’ experience and understanding of water issues and politics within the natural resources industry has been an asset to clients for several decades. She serves as special counsel and provides advocacy services for municipalities, utilities, private corporations, public agencies and associations on water supply and infrastructure development projects, groundwater and other regulatory issues.
Most recently, Chris represented the San Diego County Water Authority in their prevailing rate case victory against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. After five years in court, a judge ruled that the MWD owed the Authority $188.3 million plus interest for four years of overcharging.
She was a principal architect of the historic San Diego-IID water conservation and transfer agreement, which ultimately became the foundation of California’s Quantification Settlement Agreement and 4.4 Plan. That agreement also included an exchange agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for transportation of water and $235 million state funding of Colorado River works.
Chris was also the principal negotiator of a framework resolution of longstanding controversies over groundwater management in the Central and West Basin areas of Los Angeles. Working with environmental groups and other stakeholders, she negotiated historic water conservation recommendations for presentation to the California Public Utilities Commission.
Chris has also worked on a seawater desalination project for a major water utility as well as a wide range of water supply and rate issues involving the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She has served as special counsel of her client's successful challenge in the trial court to Metropolitan's wheeling rate.