Water

Fairfield and Woods attorneys have extensive experience in water rights and in all matters that involve water. Our water law attorneys have represented industrial clients; state and municipal governments; mining and oil and gas companies; lenders; utilities; ranchers and farmers; special districts; water conservancies and ditch companies; individuals; and land developers on all issues regarding ground water and surface water throughout Colorado. 

Our attorneys have significant experience in the initiation, protection and transfer of water rights; water rights due diligence; point-of-diversion and purpose-of-use changes; the purchase and sale of water rights; water rights exchanges; groundwater permits; plan of augmentation approvals; and abandonment determinations. In protecting clients’ water rights, Fairfield and Woods attorneys frequently negotiate and litigate water disputes throughout Colorado at the agency, trial court and appellate levels. We also assist clients in obtaining well permits and other administrative matters before the Colorado State Engineer’s Office. Our attorneys have worked with Department of Interior agencies and the U.S. Forest Service on issues relating to water rights and water facilities on federal lands.

Fairfield and Woods attorneys have equally extensive experience in water quality protection, including the representation of clients in rule making proceedings involving stream water quality standards and § 208 wastewater management before the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC); assisting our clients in obtaining and appealing § 402 National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and their Colorado equivalents, Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) permits; aiding clients in compliance with effluent limitations and storm water management requirements; and defending clients in enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulatory authorities for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and discharge permits.

Our attorneys regularly teach, write and speak publicly on water rights and water quality issues.