Water Law

The firm has long represented individuals, businesses, and state and tribal governmental entities in the development and defense of water rights. In addition to practice in Colorado’s specialized water courts, the firm regularly engages with state and federal agencies on behalf of its clients in permitting, rulemaking, and legislative efforts. Representative clients include: The Southwestern Water Conservation District; the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; the Dolores Water Conservancy District; the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District; and the La Plata Water Conservancy District, as well as individual and corporate clients. The firm has been instrumental in the development and operation of major water infrastructure projects including the Animas-La Plata Project; Dolores Project; and the Long Hollow Dam and Reservoir. Particular areas of practice include:

  • Colorado Water Court practice and procedure
  • Geothermal water rights and development
  • Hydropower development
  • Federal Reclamation law
  • Water quality

John Barlow Spear
Adam T. Reeves
Daniel McCarl