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272.1 sec. 1 - Water Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Holly Doremus  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 8:35-9:50
Meeting Location: 10

Course Start: January 07, 2013
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49922

Water is a unique resource for which the law has developed unique doctrines. This class will concentrate on the allocation of rights to divert water from streams for human use, and regulatory limitations on those rights. We will cover the historical development and modern formulation of both the riparian system typical of the eastern U.S. and the appropriative rights system typical of the west. We will look at changes in water law over time, but also at the systematic pressures for stability. We will concentrate on surface resources and the state systems that play the primary role in water allocation, but will also look at groundwater regulation and a variety of federal limitations on state choices. We will cover resolution of interstate water conflicts, operation of federal water projects, the relationship between water quality and water allocation, and water marketing as a mechanism for reallocation. Time permitting, we will close the semester with a discussion of the effects of climate change on water resources in the U.S., and the ability of the legal system to adequately respond.

Exam Notes: TH/P
Course Category: Environmental Law

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  • Water Resource Management: A Casebook in Law and Public Policy
    A. Dan Tarlock, James N., Jr. Corbridge, David H. Getches, Reed Benson,
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599414386
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $119.93
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