Arizona Water Law



SLN #: 15919
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 004
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): McGinnis

Course Description:
Water is a crucial and scarce commodity in the desert southwest, and decisions about the allocation of water will have a profound effect on the future of the region and its environment. These decisions involve competition for water between neighboring states, between agricultural, residential, and industrial users, between Indian tribes and their non-Indian neighbors, and between environmental preservation and commercial development. This seminar will focus on Arizona water allocation issues currently pending in several different forums, including Arizona and federal courts, the United States Congress, the Arizona legislature, Arizona and federal administrative agencies, and negotiations between private parties. Featured topics will likely include the ongoing adjudication of water rights in the Gila River and its tributaries, settlements of Indian tribal water rights claims, allocation of Colorado River water, the effect of the Endangered Species Act on water use and allocation, proposals to drain Lake Powell, the relationship between surface water and groundwater law, and the public trust doctrine.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Final Exam Given: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes
Online Course Site: None