Explaining Western water law

Story by Jessica Bennett

Learning more about the complexities and inner-workings of western water law is the purpose behind the 2016 Interdisciplinary Water Resources Seminar series. The series will discuss topics including the history and evolution of western water law; state compacts and federal water law; hybrid water law systems; water quality law; groundwater law; and environmental law. The seminar series will provide attendees the opportunity for in-depth discussion about water-related court cases and interaction with prominent water resource professionals.

Each seminar is held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 103. All faculty, students, off-campus water professionals, and members of the Fort Collins community who are interested in water and western water law are invited to attend.

For individuals unable to attend, the seminars will be recorded and uploaded online. The full semester schedule is accessible here.

Amy Beatie, Nov. 14

beatie-squareAmy Beatie began her tenure at the Colorado Water Trust in 2007, after nearly six years practicing water litigation at two different Front Range water law firms. Beatie will be speaking at the Nov. 14 seminar on “Water Transactions in Colorado.” She will discuss how the reallocation of water rights through voluntary transfers has become a significant part of the water law for Colorado and other Western states. In this seminar, Beatie will provide the basic tools and concepts necessary to understand water transactions under Colorado water law.

Prior to practicing water litigation, Beatie clerked for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court. While in law school, she helped create the University of Denver Water Law Review, served as its editor-in-chief, and now sits on the advisory board. She is also a member of the advisory board of Metro State University’s One World One Water Center and the board of directors of the Colorado Water Congress. In May 2013, Beatie received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Emerging Leader award.