Practice Areas

Water Project Permitting, Construction, Finance and Development

The development of water infrastructure to support additional water resources is necessary for the long-term growth of counties, municipalities and special districts. Infrastructure must be developed in order to demonstrate that the water can and will be put to beneficial use to obtain absolute water rights decrees. Moreover, reservoirs and other structures promote flexibility for water rights augmentation, changes, and exchanges. Many of these projects take years of planning before construction can even begin.

Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C. is experienced in helping its clients develop necessary water infrastructure projects from beginning to end, including assessing future water needs, obtaining necessary real estate interests through purchase or condemnation rights-of-way, financing projects through bond initiatives and low-interest public loans, contracting and managing engineers and contractors in design and construction, and obtaining the necessary state and federal permits to ensure compliance.

Moses Wittemyer has significant experience guiding clients through the permitting and review process for activities that affect or may affect natural resources in Colorado and other western states. That process often involves consultation with experts in the field and development of a team approach to coordinate compliance with multiple regulatory and permitting processes. Moses Wittemyer represents clients before state agencies involving public water and wastewater systems permitting, site approval, regulation, pollutant discharge permitting, water quality stream standards and other water quality proceedings, geothermal development and other water-related environmental matters.

In addition, Moses Wittemyer has represented clients in matters involving compliance with federal environmental statutes, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Moreover, we have obtained discharge permits, 404 permits and wetland classifications.

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