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14th Annual Richard Grand Damages Argument Competition Award-Winners Announced Read more...

Posted: 04/21/2014

 

Conversations with Bob Mundheim Continues with John Cannon of Shearman & Sterling Read more...

Posted: 04/07/2014

 

Board of Regents Approves Reduction in Arizona Law Nonresident Tuition Read more...

Posted: 04/04/2014

 

Peter Mundheim & Brandon Becker Join Prof. Mundheim in the Conversation Series Read more...

Posted: 03/31/2014

 

Conversations with Bob Mundheim Start March 24, 2014 Read more...

Posted: 03/24/2014

 

Arizona Law Career Development Starts Interview Program in Phoenix Read more...

Posted: 03/14/2014

 

Arizona Law and Quarles & Brady Partner to Launch Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic Read more...

Posted: 03/11/2014

 

UANews Features Prof. Anaya's Work as Teacher & International Human Rights Expert Read more...

Posted: 02/27/2014

 

Richard Grand Legal Writing Competition Rewards Excellence in Legal Writing Read more...

Posted: 02/17/2014

 

Prof Anaya Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Read more...

Posted: 02/07/2014

 

Environmental Breakfast Club 2013 - 2014 Schedule Read more...

Posted: 09/11/2013

 

 

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Course Description

The course in Water Law traditionally emphasizes state law rules that govern rights to use surface water and groundwater throughout the country. Although we give ample attention to the prior appropriation doctrine, riparian water rights, and various systems for regulating groundwater use, this course also emphasizes how federal law may impact water rights. Increasingly, environmentalists and others claims that there are public rights to water that may take precedence over even rights under the prior appropriation system. There is a saying about water that it "flows uphill to wealth and power." We attempt to understand how politics and economics shapes water law doctrines. In this case, we also draw on the science of hydrology, which sheds light on the important contemporary problem of how groundwater pumping interferes with surface flows and often devastates riparian habitats. We also examine the struggle over how to allocate Colorado River water, which has a long history but contemporary ramifications. We also consider the role of federal law, particularly federal reserved water rights claimed by Indian tribes, and the federal government's long history of attempting to irrigate the West through its Bureau of Reclamation. This latter topic concludes with analysis of the Central Arizona Project. Finally, we briefly consider how environmental concerns over water quality may on occasion impact water quantity allocation decisions and water rights.

 

Updated: 01/06/2014