Several years ago, I drove from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam.  The 30-odd mile trip, which takes some forty-five minutes, snakes down Nevada Route 93, the Great Basin Highway, in a southeasterly direction, past the town of Henderson.  Departing Las Vegas, which sits at an elevation of approximately 2,000 feet (610 m), one drives… Read More

                      Across the world, indigenous communities face threats to their access to water because of climate change. Indeed, water management is one of the most fundamental climate change-related issues in North America and internationally. It involves issues of equity, and is related to significant political,… Read More

Itzchak Kornfeld, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, delivers his presentation “The Human Right to Water on the Wind River Indian Reservation” on Tuesday at the University of Wyoming College of Law. Kornfeld discussed the legacy of contaminated groundwater left by the Susquehanna-Western uranium mill near Riverton, and asked whether Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho… Read More

Starting in 1958, the Susquehanna-Western company processed uranium to make yellowcake near the Wind River Indian Reservation towns of Arapahoe and St. Stephens. When the mine closed in 1963, it left piles of radioactive tailings on the site until 1988, when the U.S. Department of Energy removed the hazardous materials for burial in the Gas Hills. By… Read More

Wyoming v. Colorado was a dispute over the allocation of a river originating in Colorado: the Laramie River. The Laramie flows down the eastern flank of Colorado’s Front Range, through the Roosevelt Forest, and then turns north entering Wyoming. This dispute also turned on the doctrine of prior appropriation – first in time, first in… Read More

What Rights Do Native Americans Have in Water:State v. Acquavella (In re Yakima River Drainage Basin, 177 Wash. 2d 299, 296 P.3d 835 (Wash. 2013) (en banc).  Part I Native Americans have had their water rights curtailed or, exttinguished, by European/American settlers, since the latter reached the west.  As the Congressional Research Service confirmed in an… Read More

HooverDam, was built in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, during the depressionera of the twentieth century.  The dam’s construction was authorized by The Boulder Canyon Project Act of 1928.[1]  Situated along the border between the United States’ southwesternstates of Nevada and Arizona, its construction began in 1931, during PresidentHerbert Hoover’s tenure and was… Read More

For all of the benefits of the doctrine of equitable allocation, it does have its critics. One of the major ones was the renowned water scholar Charles J. Meyers. In his classic study of the Colorado River.(1) Meyers condemned both the equitable apportionment method and the Supreme Court’s principle as unwieldy and inefficient. In fact, he… Read More

Water Sharing: India’s Inter-State and Transboundary Dynamics From Pathways to Development January 23, 2017  0 India, like many other countries/regions, has a water scarcity issue. But what makes India’s water troubles unique is that, not only does it has water sharing conflicts with other countries, but also between States themselves. This is because States,… Read More