Practice Areas

Interstate Water Matters

Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison and Woodruff, P.C. has represented both public utilities and private clients in connection with disputes over the allocation of water among states. As a result, the firm has a deep understanding of the doctrine of interstate apportionment of water resources as embodied in interstate compacts and court decrees. For example, Moses Wittemyer served the State of Wyoming for more than 20 years as Special Assistant Attorney General for interstate water matters. In that role the firm was instrumental in preparing the State's case for trial in Nebraska v. Wyoming (No. 108, Original, U.S. Supreme Court) and in negotiating and implementing a settlement of that case involving an equitable apportionment of the North Platte River among the States of Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.

In addition, we represent a private client whose water rights were protected by the firm's participation in the interstate case of Kansas v. Colorado (No. 105, Original, U.S. Supreme Court). We have assisted various clients affected by interstate water compacts or apportionments in the Colorado River, Vermijo River, Rio Grande and Klamath River basins.

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