Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Application of the Anti-Speculation Doctrine to Water Permit Extension Requests

By Justin L. Carley & Tom A. Skelly In Nevada, water is a public resource, meaning no person or entity can hold ownership title, but at most can enjoy the right to beneficial use. A party who wishes to appropriate … Continue reading

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Utah Lake/Jordan River General Water Rights Adjudication: I am on the List of Unclaimed Water Rights, Now What?

by Graham Gilbert This article discusses a specific aspect of the Utah Lake/Jordan River General Water Rights Adjudication: options if you miss the deadline for filing a Statement of Water User’s Claim and your water rights end up on the … Continue reading

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Protests Flow Freely After Utah and Idaho Apply to Appropriate 400,000 Acre Feet of Water From Bear Lake

by Graham J. Gilbert Bear Lake straddles the Utah-Idaho border.  While it was originally an isolated, natural lake, improvements installed over a century ago connected the lake to the nearby Bear River and allowed it to be operated as a … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Considering Case with Major Implications for Western Water Rights

By L. William Staudenmaier Several months ago, an earlier post in this blog described a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that recognized a federal reserved water right to groundwater . The Ninth Circuit’s decision has very significant … Continue reading

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Federal Appeals Court to Determine Tribal Reserved Rights to Groundwater

by Christopher W. Payne The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will soon determine whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federal reserved right to groundwater in a water rights case that could set a precedent for tribes … Continue reading

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