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Restoring The Public Interest In Western Water Law, Mark Squillace Jan 2020

Restoring The Public Interest In Western Water Law, Mark Squillace

Publications

American Western states and virtually every country and state with positive water resources law are in perfect agreement about the wisdom of treating their water resources as public property. Not surprisingly, this has led most Western states to articulate a goal of managing these resources in the public interest. But the meaning of the term “public interest,” especially in the context of water resources management, is far from clear. This Article strives to bring clarity to that issue. It begins by exploring three theoretical approaches that might be used for defining the public interest in water resources law before urging …


Slides: Water Allocation And Water Markets In Spain, Nuria Hernández-Mora Jun 2016

Slides: Water Allocation And Water Markets In Spain, Nuria Hernández-Mora

Coping with Water Scarcity in River Basins Worldwide: Lessons Learned from Shared Experiences (Martz Summer Conference, June 9-10)

Presenter: Nuria Hernández Mora, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

22 slides


Hitching Our Wagon To A Dim Star: Why Outmoded Water Codes And "Public Interest" Review Cannot Protect The Public Trust In Western Water Law, Michelle Bryan Mudd Jan 2013

Hitching Our Wagon To A Dim Star: Why Outmoded Water Codes And "Public Interest" Review Cannot Protect The Public Trust In Western Water Law, Michelle Bryan Mudd

Faculty Law Review Articles

This article examines the interrelationship between the public trust and water rights as it is emerging in western states.

Part I of this article describes the traditional public trust principles that apply to waters, as well as the modern judicial trend of extending those principles to water use permitting in the West.

Focusing on an area of particular concern in water codes, Part II analyzes the risky implications of supplanting the public trust doctrine with existing public interest review provisions.

Finally, Part III advances a water use permitting framework that better fulfills the states' public trust responsibilities. Drawing on the …


Slides: Costs And Benefits Of Oil Shale Development, James T. Bartis Feb 2010

Slides: Costs And Benefits Of Oil Shale Development, James T. Bartis

The Promise and Peril of Oil Shale Development (February 5)

Presenter: James T. Bartis, Senior Policy Researcher, Rand Corporation

21 slides


Slides: Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program (Efd), Rich Haut Oct 2009

Slides: Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program (Efd), Rich Haut

Best Practices for Community and Environmental Protection (October 14)

Presenter: Rich Haut, Houston Advanced Research Center

23 slides


Slides: Rethinking Western Water Law: Restoring The Public Interest In Western Water Law, Mark Squillace Jun 2009

Slides: Rethinking Western Water Law: Restoring The Public Interest In Western Water Law, Mark Squillace

Western Water Law, Policy and Management: Ripples, Currents, and New Channels for Inquiry (Martz Summer Conference, June 3-5)

Presenter: Mark Squillace, Director, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Law School

20 slides


Water Federalism And The Army Corps Of Engineers' Role In Eastern States Water Allocation, Robert Haskell Abrams Apr 2009

Water Federalism And The Army Corps Of Engineers' Role In Eastern States Water Allocation, Robert Haskell Abrams

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

No abstract provided.


Slides: Idaho Rental Pool: Rules And Procedures, Idaho Water Resource Board, Jerry R. Rigby Dec 2008

Slides: Idaho Rental Pool: Rules And Procedures, Idaho Water Resource Board, Jerry R. Rigby

Evolving Regional Frameworks for Ag-to-Urban Water Transfers (December 11)

Presenter: Jerry Rigby, Counsel for Fremont‐Madison Irrigation District, Rigby, Thatcher, Andrus, Rigby & Moeller, Idaho

25 slides


Currents In Water Resources Law And Policy: How Is “Prior” Coping With New Stresses? [Outline], A. Dan Tarlock, David H. Getches Jun 2007

Currents In Water Resources Law And Policy: How Is “Prior” Coping With New Stresses? [Outline], A. Dan Tarlock, David H. Getches

The Future of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Summer Conference, June 6-8)

3 pages.

Includes bibliographical references

"A. Dan Tarlock, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Program in Environmental and Energy Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law"

"David H. Getches, Dean and Raphael J. Moses Professor of Natural Resources Law, University of Colorado Law School"


Private Rights And Collective Governance: A Functional Approach To Natural Resources Law, Eric T. Freyfogle Jun 2007

Private Rights And Collective Governance: A Functional Approach To Natural Resources Law, Eric T. Freyfogle

The Future of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Summer Conference, June 6-8)

4 pages.

"Eric T. Freyfogle, Max L. Rowe Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law"


Waste Or Wasted? Rethinking The Regulation Of Coalbed Methane Byproduct Water In The Rocky Mountains: A Comparative Analysis Of Approaches To Cbm Produced Water Quantity Legal Issues In Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana And Wyoming, Thomas F. Darin Apr 2002

Waste Or Wasted? Rethinking The Regulation Of Coalbed Methane Byproduct Water In The Rocky Mountains: A Comparative Analysis Of Approaches To Cbm Produced Water Quantity Legal Issues In Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana And Wyoming, Thomas F. Darin

Coalbed Methane Development in the Intermountain West (April 4-5)

30 pages.

Contains 13 pages of references.


The Nineties: Major Developments In Western Water Law, David H. Getches Jun 1999

The Nineties: Major Developments In Western Water Law, David H. Getches

Strategies in Western Water Law and Policy: Courts, Coercion and Collaboration (Summer Conference, June 8-11)

34 pages.


Restructuring Of The Electric Utility Industry: Free Markets And Environmental Protection, Rick Gilliam Jun 1997

Restructuring Of The Electric Utility Industry: Free Markets And Environmental Protection, Rick Gilliam

Dams: Water and Power in the New West (Summer Conference, June 2-4)

12 pages.

Contains 1 page of references.


Changing The River’S Course: Western Water Policy Reform, David H. Getches Jan 1996

Changing The River’S Course: Western Water Policy Reform, David H. Getches

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Throughout the history of the West, water law and policy have had a profound influence on the environment of the region. Power production, agricultural irrigation, and economic expansion of the Columbia River Basin have depended upon the institutions of water policy, including the prior appropriation doctrine and major water development in the form of large dams and diversions. This has rendered the river incapable of sustaining the rich salmon populations that once were the mainstay of Northwest Indian culture and supported a major fishing industry. Professor Getches concludes that traditional instruments of water policy in the West--the beneficial use requirement …


Regulation Of Water Use And Takings: A Growing Battlefield, Barton H. Thompson, Jr. Jun 1994

Regulation Of Water Use And Takings: A Growing Battlefield, Barton H. Thompson, Jr.

Regulatory Takings and Resources: What Are the Constitutional Limits? (Summer Conference, June 13-15)

43 pages.

Contains references.


From Askhabad, To Wellton-Mohawk, To Los Angeles: The Drought In Water Policy, David H. Getches Jan 1993

From Askhabad, To Wellton-Mohawk, To Los Angeles: The Drought In Water Policy, David H. Getches

Publications

No abstract provided.


Agenda: Innovation In Western Water Law And Management, University Of Colorado Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center Jun 1991

Agenda: Innovation In Western Water Law And Management, University Of Colorado Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center

Innovation in Western Water Law and Management (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

Conference organizers and/or faculty included University of Colorado School of Law professors Lawrence J. MacDonnell, David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson and Richard B. Collins.

Pressures of population, drought, and changing water use have provided the impetus for numerous innovations in water law and management in recent years. The Center's annual conference June 5-7, 1991, will look at innovation and change in five areas--water planning, special water management areas, negotiated settlements of tribal water rights, conjunctive use of ground and surface water, and public values in water decision making. Each session will begin with talks by experts from several western …


Water Marketing And The Law, Mark Squillace Jun 1990

Water Marketing And The Law, Mark Squillace

Moving the West's Water to New Uses: Winners and Losers (Summer Conference, June 6-8)

13 pages.


Montana’S Response To Interjurisdictional Marketing Challenges, Deborah Beaumont Schmidt Jun 1989

Montana’S Response To Interjurisdictional Marketing Challenges, Deborah Beaumont Schmidt

Boundaries and Water: Allocation and Use of a Shared Resource (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

20 pages.

Contains references.


Agenda: Boundaries And Water: Allocation And Use Of A Shared Resource, University Of Colorado Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center Jun 1989

Agenda: Boundaries And Water: Allocation And Use Of A Shared Resource, University Of Colorado Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center

Boundaries and Water: Allocation and Use of a Shared Resource (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

Conference organizers and/or faculty included University of Colorado School of Law professors David H. Getches, Lawrence J. MacDonnell and Charles F. Wilkinson.

Boundaries and Water: Allocation and Use of a Shared Resource is the topic of the Center's annual summer program on water this June. Most of the major rivers in the western United States are shared between two or more states. Often tribal governments play an important role in water allocation and use decisions. International considerations also may be involved in some cases. These interjurisdictional issues extend to groundwater as well as surface water.

This conference will provide the …


Aldo Leopold And Western Water Law: Thinking Perpendicular To The Prior Appropriation Doctrine, Charles F. Wilkinson Jan 1989

Aldo Leopold And Western Water Law: Thinking Perpendicular To The Prior Appropriation Doctrine, Charles F. Wilkinson

Publications

No abstract provided.


The Headwaters Of The Public Trust: Some Thoughts On The Source And Scope Of The Traditional Doctrine, Charles F. Wilkinson Jan 1989

The Headwaters Of The Public Trust: Some Thoughts On The Source And Scope Of The Traditional Doctrine, Charles F. Wilkinson

Publications

No abstract provided.


Integrating Water Quality Objectives With Traditional Water Rights In California: The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta Case, Ronald B. Robie Jun 1987

Integrating Water Quality Objectives With Traditional Water Rights In California: The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta Case, Ronald B. Robie

Water as a Public Resource: Emerging Rights and Obligations (Summer Conference, June 1-3)

14 pages (includes 1 map).


Restoring The Biological Integrity Of Everglades National Park, Estus D. Whitfield Sep 1986

Restoring The Biological Integrity Of Everglades National Park, Estus D. Whitfield

External Development Affecting the National Parks: Preserving "The Best Idea We Ever Had" (September 14-16)

29 pages.

Contains references.


Water Rights, The Public Trust Doctrine, And The Protection Of Instream Uses, Richard C. Ausness Jan 1986

Water Rights, The Public Trust Doctrine, And The Protection Of Instream Uses, Richard C. Ausness

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

Our society uses water for a variety of productive purposes, including domestic, agricultural, mining, manufacturing, and energy development. Most of these uses require physical removal of water from watercourses or ground water aquifers. Water can also serve useful purposes, however, when it remains a lake or stream. Flowing water helps to maintain water quality and furthers other uses such as recreation, aesthetic values, and ecological interests—referred to as “instream uses.”

Large quantities of water must remain in place to safeguard instream uses. At the same time, the increasing demands of consumptive water users are significantly reducing streamflows and lake levels …


The Public Trust Doctrine: Conflict With Traditional Western Water Law?, Harrison C. Dunning Jun 1985

The Public Trust Doctrine: Conflict With Traditional Western Water Law?, Harrison C. Dunning

Western Water Law in Transition (Summer Conference, June 3-5)

24 pages.

Contains references.


Development Of The Appropriation Doctrine: Outline, Charles F. Wilkinson Jun 1981

Development Of The Appropriation Doctrine: Outline, Charles F. Wilkinson

Water Resources Allocation: Laws and Emerging Issues: A Short Course (Summer Conference, June 8-11)

11 pages.

Contains references.


Determining The Parameters Of The Navigation Servitude Doctrine, Theresa D. Taylor Mar 1981

Determining The Parameters Of The Navigation Servitude Doctrine, Theresa D. Taylor

Vanderbilt Law Review

By abandoning traditional tests of navigability and defining new criteria for applicability of the navigation servitude, the Supreme Court has overlooked historical and precedential bases of the navigation servitude. The most important policy justifications for the doctrine are the need for federal dominance over waters with potential utility for recreation, defense, and commerce, and a desire to safeguard the public's right of access to commonly owned waterways. By considering factors such as the source of improvements upon a waterway and the possible inequity of the traditional noncompensation and notice theories, the Supreme Court has indicated a willingness to subrogate such …


Constitutional Law-Conservation Of Waters-Validity Of Statute Limiting Riparian Rights Dec 1935

Constitutional Law-Conservation Of Waters-Validity Of Statute Limiting Riparian Rights

Michigan Law Review

By the common law a riparian owner on a non-navigable stream has a vested right in the continuous natural flow of the stream on or bordering his land. An Oregon statute undertakes to cut down this right; it provides that a riparian owner's vested right to the continuous flow of the stream is limited to such flow as is necessary to preserve to him the beneficial uses to which he is already putting the water. Inasmuch as the right to the full continuous flow as against non-riparian appropriators is really a right to insist upon the availability of the stream …