Dividing the Waters
NEW Mediator/Neutral Referral Program
A pilot program for referring
Program members as mediators or neutrals
who can help resolve water conflicts.
A Resource for Judges Resolving Water Conflicts
Dividing the Waters prepares the judges of today and tomorrow — across the nation — to apply the law, science, good judgment and wisdom in efficiently and effectively adjudicating water‐related cases, to meet human and environmental needs.
The Dividing the Waters Program connects judges, special masters and referees who preside over complex water litigation to the information and training resources they need to resolve some of the most difficult disputes about how to allocate and share this most precious and communal resource.
Dividing the Waters offers judicial officers with water cases an opportunity to collaborate as a network with a vast array of knowledge of water resources, law and management. The Program relies on judges helping judges. The network includes judges, special masters and referees who preside over water adjudications and other complex water litigation. Some specialize in water litigation and others have a long history of experience with a complex water case. The newest members of the network may have just recently received their first assignment of a water case. All are welcome. Our members include both state and federal judges, as well as other judicial officers who contribute to judicial adjudication of water conflicts.
Dividing the Waters offers the network and the resources to help judicial officers adjudicate complex water cases. We accomplish this mission through:
- Education. DTW improves judicial understanding of the complexities of water law, management and adjudication through educational programs, at conferences and workshops offered in person and/or via webcast. The education topics include water law and management, science and technology, and effective case management.
- Networking. DTW facilitates understanding through judge-to-judge interaction that fosters strong personal and professional relationships among judges who share a common practice in water conflicts. The Program will build and strengthen that network through conferences, mentoring, and web-based connections.
- Information Resources. DTW will develop and offer information resources that are helpful to judicial officers who adjudicate water conflicts. These resources include publications (books and pamphlets), webcasts, connections to other reputable organizations offering resources, and timely summaries of key appellate court decisions.