WR 512 - Water Law for Non-Lawyers

  • 3 credits
  • Online

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


Graduate standing.

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)
    Gregory Hobbs
  • Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers (2009)
    P. Andrew Jones and Tom Cech
    ISBN: 978-0-87081-950-6
  • Water Law in a Nutshell, 5th Ed. (2015)
    Getches, David H, Zellmer Sandi, Amos, Adell
    ISBN: 978-0314199515

Additional class material includes original content, selected readings, and selected video clips from a CSU seminar series, all made available to you via RamCT.

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