This course focuses on the law of both water rights and water quality. Students will first examine water rights doctrines including, public rights in water, waters of the United States, ground water, riparianism and appropriation law. Students will then consider the application of state and federal water quality laws to water rights doctrines including the Federal Clean Water Act and the California Porter Cologne Act. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and applying such concepts as Clean Water Act section 401 certifications, Clean Water Act section 402 NPDES permitting schemes and Clean Water Act Section 404 fill permits as well as their state analogues.
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