Water Law

Helping Good Samaritans Clean Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines

For years Colorado legislatures have been trying to pass laws that would make it easier for groups to clean up toxic pollution from abandoned mines. These groups, which are not responsible for the pollution but want to clean it up anyway, are called, appropriately enough, Good Samaritans.


January 17, 2015--Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure: U.S. court (Reuters)

A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country. A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy, polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S.


January 4, 2015--Hermosa Creek act could serve as a model (Denver Post)

There is no small amount of satisfaction to be had in last month's federal approval of a locally crafted protection measure for the lovely area of Southwest Colorado known as Hermosa Creek. We feel the need to pinch ourselves in disbelief that Congress could have found a way to approve something so constructive, with bipartisan support.


December 6, 2014--Four truths about water and sanitation (Huff Post)

Here are four truths about international safe drinking water, sanitation and toilets and hygiene programs (collectively known as WASH):


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


October 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


September 25, 2014--It all comes down to water: Justice Hobbs meanders through water law (Telluride Watch)

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs’ favorite tool for teaching about the history of water law in Colorado is the Land Office Map of 1902.


September 21, 2014--Hermosa Creek watershed bill changes rankle locals that crafted the original bill (Coyote Gulch)

From the San Juan Citizens Alliance: The House Committee on Natural Resources failed today to honor the community consensus on the protection of the Hermosa Creek watershed that was fashioned by diverse stakeholders over many years.


September 16, 2014--Gov. Jerry Brown signs historic groundwater management legislation (Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills Tuesday establishing a framework for statewide regulation of California's underground water sources, marking the first time in the state's history that groundwater will be managed on a large scale. "This is a big deal," Brown said at a signing ceremony in the Capitol.


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