Find Lawyers in Boise, Idaho for Water Law
Kevin Beaton is a partner of Stoel Rives who represents industrial, municipal, and other clients on all aspects of NPDES wastewater and stormwater discharge permits under the Clean Water Act (CWA), and indirect discharge permits to publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). These matters include negotiating permit terms, defending and challenging agency permit decisions, providing compliance advice, and defending against agency and citizen enforcement actions. Kevin has assisted on the permittin...
Michael's law practice centers on natural resources, environmental and public utilities matters. His particular areas of expertise include water rights, public lands, mineral, environmental and natural resources law, and consultation and litigation involving telecommunications and energy law. Michael represents clients before various federal and state regulatory and resource management agencies, including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, E...
Bob Maynard focuses his practice on environment, energy, and natural resources law. His practice includes project development, acquisitions, and other transactions, regulation, legislation and litigation. His experience includes forest products/timber, government contracts/leasing/permitting, historic preservation, Indian law, land use/real estate, minerals, oil & gas, power generation and transmission, public lands, recreation/resort, and water law matters. His experience extends to fede...
For over three decades Chris has been a leader in the fields of water law, planning and zoning law, constitutional law, natural resources law, road and public access law, constitutional law, and legislative matters. He has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Boise Idaho three times by Best Lawyers in America: in 2014 (for natural resources), in 2013 (for environmental law), and in 2011 (for natural resources). He is described in the Idaho Yearbook Directory as “centrally loca...
Water Law Definition
Water use law practice starts at the fundamental level with the rights of owners of property abutting a surface water, i.e. riparian owners, to use water without unreasonably interfering with the rights of other riparian owners. This can involve both withdrawing and using water or diverting the flow of surface water. The withdrawal of groundwater is also regulated where necessary to avoid overuse of aquifers. A body of state statutes and regulations regulates certain uses of water, such as transfers of water from one river basin to another, withdrawal of groundwater from overused aquifers, impoundment of water, and construction of wells. In addition, the Federal Safe Water Drinking Act regulates the treatment of water by water supply systems.
Water pollution law practice is an extraordinarily complex area of common law and regulatory programs. It can involve areas of common law such as nuisance, trespass, and negligence, but more often it involves an interwoven and overlapping network of federal and state statutes and regulations. A partial list includes state laws regulating surface water discharges from point sources; sedimentation and erosion; stormwater runoff; land uses in nutrient-sensitive waters and water supply watersheds; and sources of groundwater pollution. Federal regulatory programs include regulation of wetlands and construction in navigable waters and establishment of total maximum daily loads in highly polluted surface water bodies.
Clients in this area of practice include local governments, utilities, private developers, and industries seeking to build or expand water supply and waste treatment facilities, or engaging in large land development projects involving wetlands, stormwater controls, and water-dependent uses such as docks and marinas.
Representation of such clients frequently involves compliance counseling to obtain agency permits, and sometimes includes administrative litigation when the agency denies approval or when another person challenges an approval. Water law practice also can involve litigation in court, sometimes in the form of appeals of agency decisions, penalties or orders and sometimes private party claims based on nuisance, negligence, trespass, interference with riparian rights, or citizens’ suits to address alleged violations of regulatory requirements.
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