Water Resources Law

Credit Hours: 2
Semesters Taught (subject to change): Summer
Note: Writing Course

This course will look at water law from the quantitative rather than qualitative side. It will cover both common and statutory law relating to private and public water rights, including the prior appropriation and riparian doctrines, equitable and congressional apportionment on interstate streams as well as groundwater issues. Statutes impacting flood control, navigation and water reclamation will be part of the survey. The relationship, or conflict, of this body of law with more contemporary environmental statutes will also be treated as time allows. Grading will be based on two work products: a critical book review of Marc Reisner’s Cadillac Desert and a longer paper on a topic to be assigned by the instructor.