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Water Law

Description: This course explores legal schemes for securing and using water rights in surface water and groundwater for private and public uses in the United States. We will examine the riparian and prior appropriation doctrines of water allocation, groundwater management regimes, federal water management and regulation, and interstate and transboundary allocation devices. We will also consider the evolving role of science, economics, and policy in water allocation law. Evaluation will be based on an exam and in-class exercises and participation.