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Message From The Co-Chairs



As always, many new things are happening in water resources and the SEER Water Resources Committee.



Sorell Negro and her fabulous team continue to provide Committee members with case summaries and Hot News. These summaries involve water law cases all over the country.  If you would like to contribute to either, please contact Sorell directly at SNegro@rc.com.
Under the direction of Robin Craig, the Committee is preparing for the 33rd Annual SEER Water Law Conference, which will be held June 3-5, 2015, at the Four Seasons in Denver, Colorado.  This is the same SEER Water Law Conference that used to be held in February in San Diego, and was held in Las Vegas for 2013 and 2014.  The conference is only possible with the help of the remarkable people on our planning committee.  Thank you all!



Jeff Kray, Executive Editor, of the Committee’s newsletter is soliciting articles for the 3-4 newsletters the Committee anticipates publishing between now and Summer 2015.  If you have article you would like to submit for consideration, please contact Jeff B. Kray at jkray@martenlaw.com
We always welcome members to become involved in the Committee’s ongoing evolution, especially with respect to Programs suggestions and contributions to the Committee Newsletter. Contact us at djohnson@cap-az.com, 623-869-2375, or jschutz@mwjlaw.com, 801-359-3663, with any ideas you have about how the Water Resources Committee or SEER can better serve you or your firm’s professional development needs, or if you want to be more involved, but aren't sure how best to contribute. We always have a place for you.

David Johnson and Jon Schutz
2014-2015 Co-Chairs, Water Resources Committee
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources


Recent Water Law Cases & Hot News




RecentWaterLawCases

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UpdatedonNovember11,2014

SanLuis&Delta-MendotaWaterAuthorityv.Jewell2014WL4249183(E.D.Cal.Aug.27,2014)
byAndrewMulkey

InadisputerelatedtotheallocationofwaterwithintheKlamathBasin,theU.S.DistrictCourtfortheEasternDistrictCaliforniadeniedplaintiffs’,SanLuis&Delta-MendotaWaterAuthorityandWestlandsWaterDistrict,motiontoenjointhereleaseofwaterfromtheLewistonDamontheTrinityRiver.SanLuis&Delta-MendotaWaterAuthorityv.Jewell,No.1:13-cv-01232,2014WL4249183,at*1–2(E.D.Cal.Aug.27,2014).Toreducethelikelihoodofadiseaseoutbreakamongsalmonpopulations,theU.S.BureauofReclamation(“Reclamation”)planned“FlowAugmentation”releases(“FARs”)fromthedaminAugust2014.Id.Plaintiffsclaimedthatthe2014FARsimpactedtheirabilitytoreceivetheirownallocationofwater.AlthoughtheCourtindicatedthattheplaintiffswouldlikelysucceedonthemeritsofoneoftheirunderlyingclaims,theCourtdeclinedtoenjointheFARsbecausethebalanceoftheharmsdidnotfavoraninjunction.Id.at*11.Readmore.

HoustonUnlimited,Inc.,v.MelAcresRanch57Tex.Sup.Ct.J.1223(Tex.2014)
ByStephanieSchwarz

InHoustonUnlimited,Inc.,v.MelAcresRanch,57Tex.Sup.Ct.J.1223(Tex.2014),theTexasSupremeCourtdeclinedtoawardstigmadamagestotheplaintiff,theownerofapropertythathadbeencontaminatedbytheactionsofitsneighbor,HoustonUnlimited.TheCourtconcludedthattheevidenceprovidedbyMelAcres’expertwitness,alicensedrealestateappraiser,wasnotlegallysufficient.Id.TheCourtreversedthecourtofappeal’sjudgment,whichhadaffirmedajuryverdictawardingMelAcreswithalmost$350,000inlostmarketvaluebasedon“stigmadamage”frompastcontamination.Id.at5.Readmore.

Magersv.ChesapeakeAppalachia,LLC2014WL4352084(N.D.W.Va.Sept.2,2014)
ByJenniferPolk

PlaintiffsJeremiahandAndreaMagers(collectively,the“Magers”)filedanactionagainstChesapeakeAppalachia,LLCinwhichtheMagersallegedthatthedefendant’spetroleumdrillingactivitieshadallowedmethanegasandothercontaminantstoleakintotheplaintiff’swaterwell.Magersv.ChesapeakeAppalachia,LLC,No.5:12cv49,2014WL4352084(N.D.W.Va.Sept.2,2014).Duringdiscovery,theMagersbroadenedtheirtheoryofliabilityandamendedtheircomplainttoincludeColumbiaGasTransmission,LLC(“Columbia”)andCNXGasCompany("CNX").CNXsuccessfullyleftthecaseonamotiontodismissandColumbiasoughtsummaryjudgment,claimingthattheplaintiffshadnotmettheirburdentoproceedagainstColumbia.Id.TheCourtgrantedColumbia’smotion;thecasewillmoveforwardagainsttheoriginaldefendantonly.Id.at*9.Readmore.

Nat’lWildlifeFed’nv.Dep’tofEnvtl.Quality,No.308366,2014Mich.App.LEXIS1482(Aug.12,2014)(percuriam)
ByJessicaFoster

OnAugust12,2014,theMichiganCourtofAppealsaffirmedastatecircuitcourt’sdecisiontoupholdagroundwaterdischargepermitgrantedforminingpurposestotheKennecottEagleMineralsCompany(Kennecott)overproteststhatminingwouldcauseseriousenvironmentaldamagetotheheadwatersoftheSalmonTroutRiverinMarquetteCounty.Nat’lWildlifeFed’nv.Dep’tofEnvtl.Quality,No.308366,2014Mich.App.LEXIS1482at*1(Aug.12,2014)(percuriam).Readmore.

Inre:OilSpillbytheOilRig“DeepwaterHorizon”intheGulfofMexico,onApril20,2010MDL2179SectionJ2014WL4375933,44ELR20200(E.D.La.Sept.4,2014)
ByBrookBell

OnSeptember4,2014,theUnitedStatesDistrictCourtfortheEasternDistrictofLouisiana(the“Court”)issuedfindingsoffactandconclusionsoflaw(the“Findings”)relatingtotheApril20,2010“DeepwaterHorizon”incident,inwhichablowout,explosions,andfireoccurredaboardanoffshoreoilrig,killingelevenmenandcausingmillionsofgallonsofoiltodischargeintotheGulfofMexicofromtheMacondowell.Readmore.

ElDoradoChem.Co.v.EPA763F.3d950(8thCir.Aug.15,2014)
ByBrianAnnes

TheCleanWaterAct(“CWA”)authorizesstatestodevelopwaterqualitystandardswithinstateborders.ElDoradoChem.Co.v.EPA,763F.3d950,958(8thCir.Aug.15,2014).However,theU.S.EnvironmentalProtectionAgency(“EPA”)mustapproveallstandardsandrevisionsproposedbythestates.Id.at953.InAugust2014,theUnitedStatesCourtofAppealsfortheEighthCircuit(the“Court”)heldthatEPAmayconsiderdownstreameffectswhenreviewingwaterqualitystandardsproposedbyastateagency.Id.at958.Readmore.

EnvironmentalLawFoundation,etal.v.StateWaterResourcesControlBoard,etal.SuperiorCourtofCalifornia,CountyofSacramentoCaseNo.34-2010-80000583(July14,2014)
ByMargaretAldenMoody

InEnvironmentalLawFoundation,etal.v.StateWaterResourcesControlBoard,etal.(CaseNo.34-2010-80000583,July14,2014),theSuperiorCourtofCalifornia,CountyofSacramento,addressedanissueoffirstimpression:Whether“thepublictrustdoctrineappl[ies]togroundwaterhydrologicallyconnectedtoanavigableriver.”Id.at*2.Readmore.

ResidentsforSaneTrashSolutions,Inc.v.U.S.ArmyCorpsofEngineers2014U.S.Dist.LEXIS94356(S.D.N.Y.July10,2014)
ByNatalieM.Laczek,Esq.

Plaintiffs,ResidentsforSaneTrashSolutions,Inc.(SaneTrash)andMicahZ.Kellner,havepreviouslyfiledfivecomplaintscontestingallstateandlocalactionsrelatedtotheconstructionofaMarineTransferStation(MTS),locatedat91stStreetinManhattan,NewYork.Theplanned70,000squarefootMTSwillreceivethousandsoftonsofNewYorkCitysolidmunicipalwasteperday,whichwillthenbesentviabargetoremotelocations.Allofthestateandlocalchallengeswererejected.Readmore.

Asarco,LLCv.UnionPacificRailroadCo.2014WL4211113(9thCir.Aug.27,2014)
ByPiperDoeppe

In2012,theminingcompanyAsarco,LLCbroughtacontributionactionagainstUnionPacificRailroadundertheComprehensiveEnvironmentalResponse,Compensation,andLiabilityAct(CERCLA)stemmingfrommassiveenvironmentaldamagecausedbyminingoperationsinNorthernIdaho.Asarco,LLCv.UnionPac.R.Co.,2014WL4211113(9thCir.Aug.27,2014).Beforethesuit,AsarcoreachedasettlementwiththeUnitedStatesfor$482million,whichcoveredAsarco’sCERCLAliabilitiesintheCoeurd’AlenewatershedofnorthernIdaho.Inthissuit,AsarcoclaimedthatUnionPacificwasinturnliableforaportionofthatsettlementunderthecontributionprovisionsofCERCLA.Id.at*1.Readmore.

AransasProjectv.Shaw756F.3d801(5thCir.2014)
ByDennyVaggalis

OnJune30,2014,theU.S.CourtofAppealsfortheFifthCircuitheldthatadistrictcourtmisappliedtheproximatecauseanalysiswhenitruledthattheTexasCommissiononEnvironmentalQuality’s(“TCEQ”)issuanceofwaterwithdrawalpermitscausedatakeofendangeredwhoopingcranesundertheEndangeredSpeciesAct(“ESA”),16U.S.C.§1531etseq.ThePlaintiff,theAransasProject(“TAP”),allegedthatTCEQwasresponsibleforthedeathsofseveralwhoopingcranes,anendangeredspecies,throughitsmismanagementofthestate’swaterresources.AransasProjectv.Shaw,756F.3d801(5thCir.2014).Readmore.

NavajoNationv.UnitedStatesDepartmentoftheInteriorCV-03-00507,2014WL3610948(D.Ariz.July22,2014)
byJohnRobinsonJr.

TheU.S.DistrictCourtfortheDistrictofArizona(the“Court”)recentlyrejectedseveralclaimsbroughtbytheNavajoNation(the“Nation”)againsttheU.S.DepartmentoftheInterior(“DOI”)concerningDOI’smanagementoftheLowerBasinoftheColoradoRiver.NavajoNationv.UnitedStatesDepartmentoftheInterior,CV-03-00507,2014WL3610948(D.Ariz.July22,2014).TheCourtrejectedalloftheseclaimswithoutreachingthemeritsbasedonlackofstandingandsovereignimmunity.Readmore.

SuffolkCnty.WaterAuth.v.DowChem.Co.2014WL3608520(N.Y.App.Div.July23,2014)
byKathleenA.Miller

SuffolkCountyWaterAuthority(“SCWA”)broughtsuitagainstDowChemicalCompany(“Dow”)andothermanufacturers,distributors,andretailersofperchloroethylene(“PCE”),achemicalusedindrycleaning,andthosewhomanufacturedequipmentintendedtobeusedwithPCEfordrycleaningpurposes.Readmore.

EnvironmentalLawFoundation,etal.v.StateWaterResourcesControlBd.,etal.,CaseNo.34-2010-80000583(Cal.Super.Ct.July14,2014)
bySophiaTornatore

OnJuly14,2014,theSacramentoSuperiorCourtheldthatthepublictrustdoctrineprotectsnavigablewaterwaysfromharmcausedbygroundwaterextraction.Envtl.LawFound.,etal.v.StateWaterRes.ControlBd.,etal.,CaseNo.34-2010-80000583,(Cal.Super.Ct.July14,2014).TheCourtfurtherruledthattheRespondent,CountyofSiskiyou(County),mustconsiderthepublictrustwhenitissuesgroundwaterwelldrillingpermits.Id.at2.Readmore.

Lightv.StateWaterResourcesControlBoard226Cal.App.4th1463;173Cal.Rptr.3d200
byCurtisFilaroski

TheCaliforniaCourtofAppealfortheFirstAppellateDistrict(the“Court”)recentlyreviewedtheMendocinoCountySuperiorCourt’sdecisiononRegulation862,aStateWaterResourcesControlBoard(“Board”)regulationaddressingwaterdiversionsmadetopreventfrostdamageintheRussianRiverwatershed.Lightv.StateWaterResourcesControlBd.,226Cal.App.4th1463(Cal.App.1stDist.2014).Plaintiffs,vineyardowners,agroupoffruitgrowers,andotherrelatedentities,challengedRegulation862.Id.at1477.Afterthetrialcourtissuedanorderinvalidatingtheregulationonseveralgrounds,theCourtreversedthetrialcourt’sdecision.Id.at1498.Readmore.

FriendsofMerrymeetingBayv.HydroKennebec,LLC(1stCir.2014)
byTedStotzer

FriendsofMerrymeetingBayandEnvironmentMaine(plaintiffs)broughttwocitizensuitsagainstHydroKennebec,LLC,BrookfieldPowerU.S.AssetManagement,LLC,MerimilLP,FPLEnergyMaineHydro,LLC,andBrookfieldRenewableServicesMaine,LLC(defendants)under§1540(g)(1)oftheEndangeredSpeciesAct(ESA)and§1365(a)(1),(2)oftheCleanWaterAct(CWA).FriendsofMerrymeetingBayv.HydroKennebec,LLC,Nos.13-1220,13-1750,2014WL3400520,at*1(1stCir.July14,2014).Plaintiffsallegedthecontinuedpassageofendangeredfishthroughdamturbinesoperatedbydefendants,ratherthanthroughthediversionaryfacilities,resultedinfishinjuryanddeath,whichisanillegal“taking”under§1538oftheESA.Readmore.

SouthernAppalachianMountainStewardsv.A&GCoalCorp.2014WL3377687,No.13-2050(4thCir.July11,2014)
byShannonMartinDilley

TheUnitedStatesCourtofAppealsfortheFourthCircuitrecentlyruledthatA&GCoalCorporation(“A&G”)(“appellant”)couldnotassertthepermitshielddefensefordischargesofseleniumbecauseitfailedtosatisfythePineyRuntest.Inaffirmingthedistrictcourt’sruling,theFourthCircuitheldthatA&G’ssilenceontheexistenceofseleniumwasafailuretocomplywithdisclosurerequirementsandtheexpresstermsofthepermitapplication.Italsoheldthatgeneraldisclosureswerenotsufficient,andseleniumdischargeswerenotwithinthereasonablecontemplationoftheagency.SouthernAppalachianMountainStewardsv.A&GCoalCorp.,2014WL3377687,No.13-2050(4thCir.July11,2014).Readmore.

AquAlliancev.U.S.BureauofReclamation
byNatalieM.Laczek,Esq.

TheU.S.DistrictCourtfortheEasternDistrictofCaliforniarecentlyrefusedtoenjoinafederalwatertransferprojecttoallowsalesofwaterfromtheSacramento–SanJoaquinDelta(“Delta”)totheSanLuis&Delta–MendotaWaterAuthority(“SLDMWA”).AquAlliancev.U.S.BureauofReclamation,2014WL3401390,at*1,*22(E.D.Cal.July11,2014).Readmore.

SanLuisandDelta-WaterAuthorityv.Jewell,747F.3d581
byMichaelTone

TheU.S.CourtofAppealsfortheNinthCircuitrecentlyreversedtheEasternDistrictofCaliforniaandruledthattheFishandWildlifeService’s(“FWS”)BiologicalOpinion(“BiOp”)protectingtheDeltaSmelt(“Smelt”)wasnotarbitraryorcapricious.SanLuisandDelta-WaterAuthorityv.Jewell,747F.3d581,591(9thCir.2014).Readmore.

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JuryClearsInternationalPaperofLiabilityforSanJacintoRiverDioxinContamination–November13,2014

Afterafour-weektrialandanhourofdeliberation,aHoustonjuryclearedInternationalPaperCo.ofliabilityfordioxincontaminationintheSanJacintoRiver.HarrisCountysuedInternationalPaperforthedioxincontaminationcauseddecadesagofromapapermilloperatedbyanothercompanythatInternationalPaperacquiredin2000.TheCountyclaimedthatthecontaminationhaspreventedresidentsfromenjoyingtheriverforrecreationandfromcommercialfishing.Justpriortoclosingarguments,thecountysettledwithInternationalPaper’stwoco-defendantsfornearly$30million.http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/science-environment/article/Settlements-split-verdict-yield-murky-result-in-5891730.php

EnvironmentalGroupsSueCARegulatorsforIssuingDrillingPermits–November12,2014

EnvironmentaladvocacygroupsandlocalresidentshavesuedtheCaliforniaoilandgasregulatorsforinadequatelyassessingimpactstoairandwaterqualitybeforeissuingoildrillingpermits.Theplaintiffsarguethatthepermitsshouldnotbeissuedwithoutanyenvironmentalreview.SinceJuly2014,theDivisionofOil,GasandGeothermalResourceshasissuedover200permitstoAeraEnergyfornewoilandgaswellsinKernCountywithoutconductinganenvironmentalreviewundertheCaliforniaEnvironmentalQualityAct.http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/lawsuit-demands-environmental-review-for-kern-county-oil-drilling-permits

DOIConductsHigh-FlowReleasesfromGlenCanyonDaminArizona–November10,2014

TheDepartmentoftheInteriorisconductingathirdhigh-flowreleasefromtheGlenCanyonDaminArizonaunderanexperimentalreleaseprotocolinordertoredepositsandandsedimentdownstream.AsignificantamountofsedimentwasdepositedsinceJuly2014intheColoradoRiverfollowingsubstantialrainstorms,andre-depositingtonsofsandandsedimentisintendedtorestoretheecosystem.http://www.usbr.gov/uc/rm/gcdHFE/index.html

PresidentObamaAppointsCommissionerofBearRiverCommission–October29,2014

TheBearRiverCommission,createdin1958pursuanttotheBearRiverCompactamongthestatesofIdaho,UtahandWyoming,hasamissiontoremovethecausesofpresentandfuturecontroversyoverthedistributionanduseofthewatersoftheBearRiver,toprovideforefficientuseofwaterformultiplepurposes,topermitadditionaldevelopmentofthewaterresourcesofBearRiver,topromoteinterstatecomity,andtoaccomplishanequitableapportionmentofthewatersoftheBearRiveramongthecompactingStates.TheCompacthasprovidedaframeworktopromotethewaterinterestsofeachofthethreestateswhilepreservingtheircommonintereststhatbroughtandkeepthemtogether.Earlierthismonth,PresidentObamaappointedHolland&HartPartnerJodyWilliamsasCommissioner,tooverseetheninegubernatorialappointedCommissioners.

USOSGfilesamicusinFloridav.Georgia,urgingSupremeCourttowaituntiltheCorpsrevisesitsMasterManual-October14,2014

InSeptember,theUSOfficeoftheSolicitorGeneralfiledanamicusbriefurgingtheSupremeCourttodenyFloridaleavetofileacomplaintinFloridav.Georgia,US,No.220142ORG,untiltheArmyCorpsofEngineerscompletesarevised"MasterWaterControlManual"forApalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint(ACF)RiverBasin;or,alternatively,tograntFloridaleavetofile,butstayorprovidefortailoringofanyfurtherproceedingsuntiltherevisedmanualisissued.ThepartieshavesincefiledsupplementalbriefswiththeCourt.

PacificLegalFoundationseekscerton9thCircuitdecisionupholdingthedeltasmeltbiologicalopinion-October14,2014

OnSeptember30,thePacificLegalFoundationfiledacertpetitionaskingSCOTUStoreviewandreversethe9thCircuit'sdecisionupholdinga2008biologicalopinionfortheendangereddeltasmelt,undertheEndangeredSpeciesAct.TheregulationhasresultedinmajorwatercutbacksinCentralandSouthernCaliforniaduringanalreadyseveredrought.Readmorehere.

EPAvoluntarilydismisses4thCircuitCAFOappeal–October14,2014

EPAhasvoluntarilydismissedthematterofAltv.EPA,4thCir.,No13-2534,concerningthe"AltCAFO"inWestVirginia.Aftertheowneragreedtomakechangestotheoperationstoreducepollution,EPAconfirmedthatsuchreductionwouldoccurandwithdrewtheorderandrequestedthecourtdismissthecase.SeemoreinEPA'sblog.

USGSreleasesastudywhichconfirmsfearsthatNevada'swaterpumpingintheSnakeValleywilldepleteUtah'sgroundwaterintheregion.-September25,2014

TheUSGSpublishedconclusionsthatproposedwithdrawalsfromtheSnakeValleyaquifer,bytheSouthernNevadaWaterAuthority,willdepressgroundwaterlevelsandreducedischargeintothespringsthatsupportagricultureinthisremoteregion,whichstraddlestheUtah-NevadalinewestofDelta.Thetwostatesalmostreachedanagreementonthisissue,butUtahbackedoutlastyear(basedinpartonthoseconcerns).Seeacopyofthestudyhere.Andreadmoreabouttheissuehere.

Gov.BrownSignsCaliforniaSustainableGroundwaterManagementActIntoLaw-September24,2014

OnSeptember17,2014,GovernorJerryBrownsingedtheSustainableGroundwaterManagementActintoLaw,whichexpandsregulationsongroundwatermanagementinCalifornia.Thenewlaws(actuallycomprisedofthreeseparatebills)aredesignedtocatchCaliforniauptomanyotherstateswhoalreadyhavestatewidegroundwatermanagementsystems,althoughtheshort-termimpactwillbemainlyempoweringlocalagenciestobegindevelopingbasin-widegroundwatermanagementplans,meteringwells,monitoringgroundwateruse,andimposingfinesintoenforcerestrictions.

BPFoundGrosslyNegligentbyDistrictCourt-September4,2014

TheEasternDistrictofLouisianaheldthatBPwasgrosslynegligentfordischargesintotheGulfofMexicoin2010fromtheDeepwaterHorizonoilspill,inviolationoftheCleanWaterAct.ThisfindingsubjectsBPtoupto$18billioninpenaltiesundertheCWA,andpossiblybillionsofdollarsmoreinpunitivedamages.Thedecisioncanbefoundhere.

VermontReceived$46MillionfromUSDAfortheLakeChamplainAlgalclean-up.August28,2014

Vermontreceived$46millionincommitmentsovera5-yearperiodfromtheUSDepartmentofAgriculturetocombatblue-greenalgalbloomsplaguingLakeChamplainsuspectedtobecausedbyexcessivephosphorus.Themoneywillbeusedtohelpfarmerscreatebufferstopreventphosphorusrunoffandadoptbettertillagetechniques,amongotherefforts.Readmoreaboutithere.

ReplyBrieffiledinChesapeakeBayTMDLCase-August20,2014

AmericanFarmBureauFederationfileditsreplybriefinthecloselywatchedThirdCircuitChesapeakeBayTMDLcase,AmericanFarmBureauFederationv.USEPA.ThereplybriefarguesthatEPA’sinterpretationofChevroniserroneous,thatEPAhasnoauthoritytoaddsourcelimits,“ReasonableAssurance”requirements,ordeadlinesunderCleanWaterAct§303(d).Readthefullbriefhere.

FreedomIndustriesFiledaBankruptcyPlan-August18,2014

FreedomIndustriesfiledaproposedChapter11planinU.S.BankruptcyCourtfortheSouthernDistrictofWesternVirginia.FreedomIndustrieswasidentifiedasthepartyresponsibleforachemicalleakaffectingtheElkRiver.Thespillcutoffwatersuppliesforover300,000peopleandimpactedseveralbusinessesoutsideofCharleston.(briefavailablewithaPACERaccountfromCourtwebsite).

CityofSanDiegoagreestopay$1millionforMS4violations-August13,2014

TheCityofSanDiegoagreedtopay$1millioninpenaltiesforfailingtoviolationsoftheCity'sMunicipalSeparateStormSewerSystem("MS4")permitsatsixpublicprojects.TheofficialdocumentscanbefoundattheRegionalWaterQualityControlBoard,SanDiegoRegionwebsite.


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The Water Resources Committee focuses on substantive and practice developments that impact water allocation and availability for all water users. These developments fall into a broad spectrum of subject areas, including state water law; federal and tribal water law; issues arising under the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act; interstate allocation of water; the Public Trust and Prior Appropriation Doctrines; reserved water rights; state, local and municipal water supply; water rights transfers; and federal reclamation law. In light of increasing issues of water scarcity, the committee's interests encompass the interdependence of water uses by all economic sectors - agriculture, mining, fisheries, tourism, energy, and water and wastewater utilities among them - and the inescapable connection between water quantity and water quality.

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