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 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.

Beginning our 14th Year of Publishing The Water Report!


THIS MONTH'S ISSUE - TWR #157: March 15, 2017

In-Depth Water Articles:

Public Trust Doctrine & Water Rights (The Walker River Case): Does the Public Trust Doctrine Apply to Water Rights Established in Judicial Decrees? by Roderick E. Walston, Best Best & Krieger (Walnut Creek, CA)

Federal Water Policy: Emerging Water Policies and the Trump Administration by Sean Taylor, Van Ness Feldman LLP (Washington, DC)

Water Transfers and the CWA: Of Soup Ladles & Marbles - Federal Court Reinstates EPA’s Water Transfers Rule by Sharon White and Charles Sensiba, Van Ness Feldman LLP (Washington, DC)

Montana v. Wyoming: Remedies and Damages in Interstate Compact Case by David Moon, Editor

Water Briefs:
Texas v. New Mexico: Rio Grande Litigation
Florida v. Georgia: Equitable Apportionment Denial
“The Political Economy of Water Markets” Released by Ecosystem Economics LLC and AMP Insights
“The 21st Century Colorado River Hot Drought and Implications for the Future” (Report) by Udall & Overpeck
“Unconventional Oil and Gas Spills: Risks, Mitigation Priorities, and State Reporting Requirements” - Policy Analysis Released
Basin Subsidence & San Joaquin Groundwater Pumping: NASA Report Released by CDWR
Lummi Nation & Dairy Farmers Water Quality Agreement: Cooperative Approach in the Nooksack River Basin

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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