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  • Location:
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Corporate Law Native American Law Oil and Gas Law Environmental Law Mining Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law
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    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Water Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental
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    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Water Law Environmental Law
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    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Water Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Morristown, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Water Law Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
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    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Sports Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Water Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Litigation - Environmental Employment Law - Management Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law
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    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law
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  • Location:
    Aspen, Colorado
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    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Mining Law Water Law Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Environmental Natural Resources Law Mining Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Water Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Energy Law Mining Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan Lansing, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Regulatory Law Water Law Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Real Estate Workers' Compensation Law - Employers Commercial Litigation Water Law Health Care Law Insurance Law Education Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Land Use and Zoning Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Costa Mesa, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Energy Law Mining Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Overland Park, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Education Law
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  • Location:
    Santa Barbara, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Toledo, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Government Relations Practice Environmental Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law Government Contracts Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Land Use and Zoning Law Water Law Litigation - Environmental Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Government Relations Practice
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Law Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Oil and Gas Law Litigation - Environmental Energy Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Tallahassee, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Water Law Communications Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Energy Law Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Litigation - Environmental Water Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Natural Resources Law Water Law Native American Law
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  • Location:
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Energy Law Water Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Environmental Environmental Law Water Law Natural Resources Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Water Law

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Practice Area Definition

Water Law Definition

Water law is a complex combination of common law and statutory law and implementing regulations. This body of law can generally be divided into two substantive areas: rights to use water and restrictions on pollution of water.

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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Water law is a complex combination of common law and statutory law and implementing regulations. This body of law can generally be divided into two substantive areas: rights to use water and restrictions on pollution of water.

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.