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Pueblo Indian Water Rights: Charting The Unknown, Richard W. Hughes 2017 University of New Mexico

Pueblo Indian Water Rights: Charting The Unknown, Richard W. Hughes

Natural Resources Journal

This article examines the so-far-unsuccessful efforts to judicially define and quantify the water rights appurtenant to the core land holdings of the 19 New Mexico Pueblos, many of whose lands straddle the Rio Grande. It explains that the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has squarely held that Pueblo water rights are governed by federal, not state law, and are prior to those of any non-Indian appropriator, but also that the Tenth Circuit acknowledged that it could not say how those rights should be characterized. Part I of the article examines the course of the cases that have sought to achieve ...


Mythical River: Chasing The Mirage Of New Water In The American Southwest, By Melissa Sevigny, Logan Glasenapp 2017 University of New Mexico

Mythical River: Chasing The Mirage Of New Water In The American Southwest, By Melissa Sevigny, Logan Glasenapp

Natural Resources Journal

Book Review


Plastic Water: The Social And Material Life Of Bottled Water, By Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, And Kane Race, James Johnson 2017 University of New Mexico

Plastic Water: The Social And Material Life Of Bottled Water, By Gay Hawkins, Emily Potter, And Kane Race, James Johnson

Natural Resources Journal

Book Review


Water Is For Fighting Over: And Other Myths About Water In The West, By John Fleck, Selena Sauer 2017 University of New Mexico

Water Is For Fighting Over: And Other Myths About Water In The West, By John Fleck, Selena Sauer

Natural Resources Journal

Book Review


Rethinking Water Governance: Moving Beyond Water-Centric Perspectives In A Connected And Changing World, Rob C. de Loë, James J. Patterson 2017 University of Waterloo

Rethinking Water Governance: Moving Beyond Water-Centric Perspectives In A Connected And Changing World, Rob C. De Loë, James J. Patterson

Natural Resources Journal

From the “water-centric” perspective that is common within the world’s large and diverse water community, water is of central importance, and improving water governance is self-evidently essential. Some water problems can be addressed using watercentric approaches such as watershed management. Unfortunately, evidence is mounting that suggests that many other water problems cannot because their causes and drivers, at scales from local to global, are partly or wholly external to those traditionally considered within the water sector. Water governance in these cases needs to better account for a range of external connections that strongly influence water-related outcomes of concern and ...


California Water Reallocation: Where'd You Get That?, Damian Park 2017 Santa Clara University

California Water Reallocation: Where'd You Get That?, Damian Park

Natural Resources Journal

When thirsty, Californians often avoid going to the market for more water. Instead, they might borrow some from their rich neighbors, they might sue them or more commonly, they simply take more from users without much of a voice (e.g. the fish or future generations). These alternatives are often superior to using markets. Within markets, a surprising detail emerges – it is uncommon for farmers to fallow fields in order to sell water to another user. Rather, many water transfers are structured so sellers can have their cake and eat it too. While some of these transfers rightly bring about ...


Trial And Error: How Courts Have Shaped Prior Appropriation In New Mexico, Matthew G. Reynolds 2017 University of New Mexico

Trial And Error: How Courts Have Shaped Prior Appropriation In New Mexico, Matthew G. Reynolds

Natural Resources Journal

This systematic review of New Mexico prior appropriation case law from 1883 to the present employs a thematic chronology in four parts spanning approximately three decades each, including the following topics. Part One covers the initial conflict between prior appropriation and riparian common law and early interpretations of the 1907 Water Act. In Part Two, courts contrast the 1907 Act with the old arid region doctrine and justify the integration of groundwater into prior appropriation. Diminishing supplies and increasing usage drive Part Three’s concentration on proceedings to change places of use and points of diversion, at times deferring issues ...


The Political Cultures Of Irrigation And The Proxy Battles Of Interstate Water Litigation, Burke W. Griggs 2017 Washburn University

The Political Cultures Of Irrigation And The Proxy Battles Of Interstate Water Litigation, Burke W. Griggs

Natural Resources Journal

Groundwater depletion ignores the political boundaries of western states, the legal boundaries of western water codes, and the jurisdictional boundaries of western water federalism. In the wake of the groundwater revolution, it is becoming apparent that certain interstate lawsuits derive essentially from deeper conflicts rooted in the clash between surface-water and groundwater irrigation communities—and their respective political cultures. The interstate divide may be yielding to the hydrological divide. This article attends to that deeper relationship between irrigation agriculture and political culture across the Great Plains. Part I provides a brief history of its surface-water irrigation communities, to compose a ...


The Polycentric Turn: A Case Study Of Kenya's Evolving Legal Regime For Irrigation Waters, Stefan Carpenter, Elizabeth Baldwin, Daniel H. Cole 2017 University of Arizona

The Polycentric Turn: A Case Study Of Kenya's Evolving Legal Regime For Irrigation Waters, Stefan Carpenter, Elizabeth Baldwin, Daniel H. Cole

Natural Resources Journal

Formal legal systems comprise a major part, but not the only part, of the “rules of the game” that structure social and socialecological interactions. Throughout the twentieth century, centralization and consolidation of legal authority were dominant themes among many, if not all, legal systems. That process may have been successful in some cases, but in others the presumed economies of scale from consolidation and centralization either did not materialize or were offset by other social costs, including the failure to accommodate local knowledge, expertise, and preferences. In what could become a theme of the twenty-first century, many countries, including developing ...


Going Down To The Water, John Fleck 2017 University of New Mexico

Going Down To The Water, John Fleck

Natural Resources Journal

Foreword


Defining Fair Notice: Logical Outgrowth Doctrine Applied To The Waters Of The United States, Henry L. Lifton 2017 Notre Dame Law School

Defining Fair Notice: Logical Outgrowth Doctrine Applied To The Waters Of The United States, Henry L. Lifton

Notre Dame Law Review

In 2014, the Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency sought to bring clarity to the scope of “waters of the United States” through notice-and-comment rulemaking. On June 29, 2015, the agencies published a joint final rule that immediately prompted lawsuits across the entire country.

This current legal controversy provides a convenient backdrop to propose a new method to analyze logical outgrowth. This Note will use the Proposed and Final Rule as an administrative law case study. It argues that the Final Rule is substantively within the authority Congress delegated to the Corps of Engineers and the EPA.


The Clark Fork Coalition V. Tubbs, Jonah P. Brown 2017 University of Montana School of Law

The Clark Fork Coalition V. Tubbs, Jonah P. Brown

Public Land and Resources Law Review

Before landowners may appropriate groundwater in Montana, they must first apply for a DNRC permit pursuant to the Montana Water Use Act. Landowners may qualify for an exemption from the arduous permitting process if their appropriation meets certain criteria. However, the Act provides an exception to the exemption when a “combined appropriation” from the same source is in excess of ten acre-feet per year. The Clark Fork Coalition v. Tubbs affirmed the district court’s invalidation of the DNRC rule defining “combined appropriation” to only include physically connected groundwater wells.


Slides: Dam Operations: Does A Changing World Call For Changing Plans?, Reed D. Benson 2017 Selected Works

Slides: Dam Operations: Does A Changing World Call For Changing Plans?, Reed D. Benson

Reed D. Benson

Presenter: Reed D. Benson, University of New Mexico School of Law 13 slides


Rethinking Western Water Law: Instream Flows, Reed D. Benson 2017 Selected Works

Rethinking Western Water Law: Instream Flows, Reed D. Benson

Reed D. Benson

Presenter: Reed D. Benson, University of New Mexico School of Law 1 page.


Deflating The Deference Myth: National Interests Vs. State Authority Under Federal Laws Affecting Water Use, Reed Benson 2017 University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Deflating The Deference Myth: National Interests Vs. State Authority Under Federal Laws Affecting Water Use, Reed Benson

Reed D. Benson

This Article seeks to separate the myth from the reality of federal deference to state water allocation authority. Section I briefly addresses background principles of state water law and federal constitutional law, and Section II traces the early history of deference prior to 1910. Section III analyzes three federal statutory schemes and Supreme Court cases applying them, suggests that each represents a different level of federal deference, and distills a few principles for analyzing deference under federal statutes. Section IV addresses deference issues arising in the context of the CWA and the ESA, applying the principles identified in the previous ...


Avoiding Jeopardy, Without The Questions: Recovery Implementation Programs For Endangered Species In Western River Basins, Reed D. Benson 2017 University of New Mexico School of Law

Avoiding Jeopardy, Without The Questions: Recovery Implementation Programs For Endangered Species In Western River Basins, Reed D. Benson

Reed D. Benson

The application of the Endangered Species Act to water resources has generated much controversy in the American West. In several western river basins, however, Recovery Implementation Programs (RIPs) provide an alternative, collaborative approach to ESA compliance. These programs offer an enhanced role for states and stakeholders in ESA decisionmaking, and increased certainty that ESA requirements will not disrupt ongoing water project operations and established uses. This Article examines the origins, purposes, and elements of various RIPs, with particular emphasis on these programs’ approach to compliance with the requirements of ESA section 7 for federal agency actions. The Article also considers ...


Cholera As A Grave Violation Of The Right To Water In Haiti (2014), Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak, Steven D. Schwinn, Beatrice Lindstrom 2017 John Marshall Law School

Cholera As A Grave Violation Of The Right To Water In Haiti (2014), Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak, Steven D. Schwinn, Beatrice Lindstrom

Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak

This report is submitted to the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation concerning the United Nation’s responsibility in spreading cholera in Haiti as a violation of the right to water and sanitation. The submission discusses violations of the right to water, including the role of United Nations peacekeepers in introducing the virus to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The report addresses the United Nations’ unwillingness to accept responsibility for its role in the outbreak and its failure to establish redress mechanisms for victims affected by the cholera epidemic. It further ...


On Local Fracking Bans: Policy And Preemption In New Mexico, Alex Ritchie 2017 University of New Mexico School of Law

On Local Fracking Bans: Policy And Preemption In New Mexico, Alex Ritchie

Alex Ritchie

In the midst of the hydraulic fracturing revolution, elected officials in Mora County, New Mexico recently banned all oil and gas production within the county. But the officials went even further, stripping corporations of constitutional rights and declaring the constitutions of the United States and the state of New Mexico illegal if interpreted as inconsistent with the ordinance. Why would a small rural county like Mora with no oil and gas operations to speak of adopt such an extreme ordinance? This article applies economics, political choice, and localism theories to argue that Mora County’s decision may be at least ...


The Changing Law Of The Sea: Western Hemisphere Perspectives, Daniel C. Turack 2017 Capital University, Ohio

The Changing Law Of The Sea: Western Hemisphere Perspectives, Daniel C. Turack

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


Proportional Fault In Maritime Collisions-Charting The New Course, Gustave R. Dubus III 2017 University of Georgia School of Law

Proportional Fault In Maritime Collisions-Charting The New Course, Gustave R. Dubus Iii

Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law

No abstract provided.


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