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The Judicial Contribution to Water Justice: The Australian Experience

The Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice, adopted at the eighth World Water Forum in Brasilia on March 21, 2018, recognizes that water justice involves environmental stewardship, intergenerational equity, sustainable...

Property Reserve v. Superior Court of San Joaquin County

The Supreme Court of California held that the state may enter and conduct environmental and geological studies and testing on more than 150 privately owned properties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that the state might seek to...

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District v. Bath Township

The Supreme Court of Ohio held that a regional sewer district has the authority to create and impose fees for a stormwater management program. The applicable statute authorizes the sewer district to collect, treat, and dispose of "waste...

Crafting Collaborative Governance: Water Resources, California’s Delta Plan, and Audited Self-Management in New Zealand

Since the 1980s, water governance has increasingly been linked to institutions and laws that engage local actors and closely relate to local ecosystems and catchments. These approaches, referred to as collaborative water governance,...

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

A district court denied an oil company's motion to amend the findings, alter the judgment, or order a new trial in the Deepwater Horizon case in which the court found the company grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil...

Save Lake Peigneur, Inc. v. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources,

A Louisiana court held that the state erred in issuing a coastal use permit to a natural gas storage and transport company that was needed to create two new natural gas storage caverns in the Jefferson Island salt dome underneath Lake...

In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”

A district court issued its findings of fact and conclusions of law regarding phase one of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial, holding various companies liable for the spill. In the 150+-page opinion, the court determined...

Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs in the West

Water policies and programs in the western United States have not always achieved the results originally envisioned. The surrounding circumstances, from public opinion and involvement to hydrology and administrative capacity,...

Is Water a Natural Resource in International Watercourses?

Resource managers, economists, and legal scholars consider water a natural resource. The fundamental tensions raised by the concept of international water management are legal, such as sharing water in international watercourses,...