Public Rights in Water Law (3 credits)

This seminar will explore the ways in which water law preserves the general rights of the public to use water — for navigation, for commerce, for recreation, for culture, and for environmental purposes. Topics will include the federal navigation servitude, the federal reserved rights doctrine, the state and federal public trust doctrines, the Native Hawaiian trust, and statutory and constitutional protections for public rights in water. Prerequisite: Previous completion of Water Law or Florida Water Law is helpful but not essential.