The Water Report is the monthly newsletter for water lawyers, engineers, regulatory agencies, tribes, municipalities, environmental organizations and anyone interested in water law, water rights, and water quality in the western United States. The Water Report has become the "publication of record" in the water field and the original content articles are cited frequently in law review articles, legal briefs, and water-related publications. When you want detailed analysis and practical information, choose The Water Report. You'll receive 12 monthly issues of 28-32 pages of the latest in the world of water.

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THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - TWR #160: June 15, 2017

In-Depth Water Articles:

Texas Surface Water and Whooping Crane Dispute: From Litigation to Collaboration by Todd Votteler, Ph.D., Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (Seguin, TX)

Watershed Assessment & Planning: Using Hydrologic and Biologic Condition Assessment to Improve Stream Health - Puget Sound Region Example by Robin Kirschbaum, Robin Kirschbaum, Inc., (Seattle, WA)

Clean Water Act Rule: Review of the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule - Considerations for Moving Forward by John A. Kolanz, Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC (Loveland, CO)

Water Briefs:
Errata: Kickapoo Tribal Water Right Agreement - Correction by Susan Metzger, Assistant Secretary, Kansas Department of Agriculture
Tribal Culvert Decision on Treaty Fishing Rights Stands
Price of Water 2017: Annual Utility Report by Circle of Blue
Climate Database for Western States Services Created
Recycling & Reuse: Reclamation Awards
Fracking Moratorium in California: BLM Settlement
Survey of Interbasin Water Transfer Laws in Western States Published
“A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure: Innovative Pathways, Smarter Spending, Better Outcomes” Released
Salmon Resiliency: Recovery Plan Released in California

Testimonial for The Water Report:

Dear Water Report,

Thanks for your article on the audit of the State of Oregon’s Water Resources Department in TWR #156 (February 15, 2017).   After reading the two-page article I downloaded the audit.

The section entitled “Water Rights in Oregon,” starting on page 6 of the audit, was worth the effort on its own of downloading the audit.

As you may know, we have had a subscription to TWR from its earliest days and not an issue goes by without me finding at least one article of interest but often I find myself reading several in each issue.

Rob Matthews, P. Geo.

Manager, Water Use Licensing Section

Manitoba Department of Sustainable Development

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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     Water rights, water quality, and innovative uses of water resources are increasingly vital issues in the western United States. The Water Report — a monthly water news journal for water professionals — covers the battles and changes shaping the future of water law. Water quality of surface water and groundwater, the laws that govern discharges into the waters of the United States, and the technology utilized to deal with the challenges are also a focus of The Water Report.

     Throughout the West the management of water resources faces formidable challenges. Some are more gradual, as with the relentless pressures arising from an ever-increasing population. Some are subject to abrupt change, as when evolving federal mandates — the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, Superfund, Hydroelectric Relicensing, etc. — collide both with each other and with the legal edifice of established western water law. Climate change has added a new dynamic to management concerns.

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     The importance of water issues will only increase. A unique publication — The Water Report — will keep you informed about the latest successful negotiations, changing administrative policies, significant court cases, practical technological advances, and pertinent legislation relating to western water law and management. Each month, our major articles provide in-depth analyses by leading experts in the water field, while our "Water Briefs" keep you up-to-date and provide contacts for additional information.

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