We provide assistance with water resource planning and the interplay between utilization of water resources and the impact of various environmental laws. Our signal strength – in depth understanding of water rights and supplies and increasingly critical environmental restrictions affecting those rights and supplies – positions us to assist in addressing and resolving the most complex water issues facing the business world.
Justice Holmes observed more than 70 years ago that “[a] river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. It offers a necessity of life that must be rationed among those who have power over it.” New Jersey v. New York, 283 U.S. 336, 342 (1931). The wisdom of his statement is even more apparent today. Increasing urban demand in many cases conflicts with traditional uses of water, such as agriculture, fisheries, and hydropower production. In some regions of the country, unquantified and previously unutilized tribal water demands introduce further uncertainty and complexity. These uncertainties are magnified by environmental restrictions such as endangered species protections or water quality regulation.