Holland & Hart's lawyers advise and represent a wide variety of clients across the Mountain West Region in all types of water matters, including those involving water rights, water supply development and water quality issues. We effectively represent our clients' interests in federal and state court litigation, including special state water courts, and in contested administrative proceedings before state water officials. We also regularly deal with the federal government concerning water issues that affect our clients.
Our water law practice involves commercial and other transactions that routinely require skilled negotiations and first-rate administrative experience. We handle water rights sales and purchases, and changes in point of diversion, place and purpose of use. We work with federal resource agencies, state water officials, and local governmental boards in all water-related approval and permitting processes. We have obtained required permits, licenses and approvals for construction and operation of everything from new real estate developments to water and hydroelectric projects.
Represent a mining company developing a new potash project in acquisition of the largest non-governmental new water appropriations in Utah’s history.
Represent a large water conservancy district in becoming the exclusive future wholesale water supplier to western Summit County, Utah, home of Park City and three major ski resorts. The project involved partially acquiring and consolidating existing systems, bonding for and constructing new infrastructure over the next 40 years, acquiring a major water supply for transbasin diversion to the project and negotiating several major contracts.
Negotiate resolution of a surface water transbasin diversion dispute among four Bureau of Reclamation projects for Utah’s largest public drinking water supplier.
Represent a large Nevada water district in challenges to new Utah groundwater appropriation applications in a shared interstate aquifer which has not yet been apportioned between the two states.
Represent a family–owned water company in a water supply contract dispute with a major housing developer.
Represent solar and wind powered electrical generation projects in the development, implementation and permitting of necessary project water supplies.
Serve as U.S. water rights counsel for an international water investment company in the acquisition, development, and disposition of water rights assets, with a particular emphasis on Colorado water rights.
Represent three Colorado cities with regard to appropriating and protecting recreational water rights for kayak parks.
Represent oil and gas industry clients with complex water rights and water supply issues in administrative rulemaking, legislative proceedings, and judicial actions, including litigation in Colorado’s specialized water courts and the Colorado Supreme Court, particularly with respect to the withdrawal, use, and management of produced water from oil and gas wells.
Holland & Hart News Alert
Produced Water Extraction from Oil and Gas Wells: Implications for Western Water Rights
Natural Resources and Environment
When Oil & Gas & Water Share a Well: Colorado’s New Regulation of Produced Water
Holland & Hart News Update
Co-editor of the current version of the Water Quality chapter
The New Watershed Source Book
Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado
The Water Rights Determination and Administration Act of 1969: A Western Slope Perspective on the First Thirty Years
3 Univ. of Denver Water Law Review 39
The Can and Will Doctrine of Colorado Revised Statute Section 37-92-305(9)(b): Changing the Nature of Conditional Water Rights in Colorado
65 Univ. of Colorado Law Review 947
Past Speaking Engagements and Events
May 21, 2013
Water Rights in the West: Legal Framework and Types of Water Rights
EUCI Conference on Produced Water Management in the West
May 16, 2013
Water Resources and Issues of the Gunnison River, Dolores River, and San Juan River Basins in Colorado
Colorado Bar Association CLE
July 24, 2012
Water Supply and Management in Mining Operations, Legal and Regulatory Considerations
Presented at the IQPC Water Management in Mining Summit
April 13, 2012
University of Denver Water Law Review’s 5th Annual Symposium
July 12, 2011
Produced Water from Oil and Gas Operations: Water Rights Issues
International Bar Association Biennial Conference of Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law
Water Rights and Water Resources of the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado
William Caile served as Program Chair
February 17, 2009
CBA Water Rights for Real Estate Attorneys Seminar
Water Rights Administration: New Administration Issues for Augmentation Plans
Current Developments in Augmentation Plans
Presentation given at Groundwater Wells: Legal and Technical Considerations; Lorman Education Services
October 19, 2007
CBA Water Rights Adjudication Seminar
April 7, 2006
CBA Water Rights Conveyancing Seminar
June 17-18, 2005
CBA Annual Water Law Conference
Steamboat Springs, CO
August 23, 2004
Colorado Mountain News Media, Water Law Seminar
October 13, 1999
Glenwood Springs Area Board of Realtors, Water Law Seminar
Glenwood Springs, CO
October 1, 1999
Upper Arkansas Watershed Council, Future Water Leadership Seminar
Colorado Mountain College, Leadville Campus