Water Rights Law (LAW 681)

This course explores common law and statutory protection of water resources, including water supply, wetlands and navigable waters, examining how and why the law governing private water rights developed very differently in the humid east and the arid west in the United States.  It examines the constitutional and political aspects of the roles of state and federal governments in the allocation and regulation of water resources and safeguarding of water supply.  The topics covered include interstate allocation and protection of water supplies, river basin planning, and ground water management.  It studies the resolution of competing demands for water for municipal, agricultural, power, industrial, navigational, recreational and environmental purposes.  Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

2-3 credit hours.

Faculty: David N. Cassuto