This course introduces students to the law and policy of water rights, ownership, and use. Most of the course will focus generally on the major legal systems that exist in the United States for allocating water: riparian rights, prior appropriation, and correlative rights. The course will also cover contemporary water rights issues such as groundwater regulation, interstate water battles, and/or the interaction of federal and state regulation of water. Prerequisites: None
In Spring 2013, this course will be taught in a compressed, 4-weekend format that will blend doctrinal and seminar-type approaches. Students will be evaluated based on in- and out-of-class activities, quizzes, and a short paper.