This online course seeks to provide an introduction to the laws and policies that govern the allocation and use of water in Colorado, the west, and the U.S. Practical information is provided that should be useful for those whose lives and businesses interact with water law, including educators, developers, governmental officials, realtors, farmers, business people, environmentalists, students, scientists, recreationists, and home owners. Some of the topics covered include:
- The basics of water law in the context of their historical development
- Laws governing water allocation in Colorado, the west, and the U.S.
- The administration of water laws
- Federally reserved water rights
- Conversion of water laws
- Interstate compacts
- Instream flow rights
- Water law as it applies to ground water
- Planning for the future
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Citizens Guide to Colorado Water Law, 4th Ed. (2016)
- Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers (2009)
P. Andrew Jones and Tom Cech
- Water Law in a Nutshell, 5th Ed. (2015)
Getches, David H, Zellmer Sandi, Amos, Adell
Additional class material includes original content, selected readings, and selected video clips from a CSU seminar series, all made available to you via RamCT.
Glenn Patterson has worked and played in the field of water since 1974. He worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years, and has also worked for the National Park Service, the National Ecological Observatory Network, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, and the Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group.
Learn more at: http://lamar.colostate.edu/~gpatter/