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Texas and Groundwater

November 1 - 4 | Baylor University | Waco, TX

DTW 2017 General Conference

The Future of Water Law

An Interview with Justices
Ronald B. Robie and
Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.

DTW Water Justice Fund

Ensure resources are there for your next water judge

Dividing the Waters

A Resource for Judges Resolving Water Conflicts

Upcoming Events

DTW 2017 General Conference: Pre-Conference Webinar

October 27, 2017 | 11 AM PST | Free

DTW Convener John Thorson will convene a webinar offering a comparison of how groundwater rights laws differ among states. University of Montana Professor Michelle Bryan will serve as faculty and some judges will share their experience.  Save the date now and obtain the call-in information by registering for the webinar starting on October 3.  This webinar is open to all judges, regardless whether you can come to our Texas conference.

Click here to register for the webinar.

Upcoming Events

DTW 2017 General Conference

Groundwater Law in Transition

November 1 – 4, 2017 | Baylor University School of Law | Waco, Texas

This 2.5-day conference will prepare judicial officers for adjudicating and resolving groundwater conflicts. The faculty, comprised of scientists and judges, will focus on the enduring and emerging conflicts over groundwater in Texas and across the West. As surface water has become fully committed, farms and growing communities have turned to groundwater, leading to conflicts over water as well as land-use. This conference will start with the science of groundwater, and will explore how conflicts over groundwater – and its connection to surface water – have emerged in states across the nation. Some states long ago applied surface water rights law concepts to groundwater. Other states have adopted new governance structures to manage a declining resource, with the hope of restoring groundwater reserves. As a special benefit, conference participants will have an opportunity to see, first-hand, on a day in the field, how groundwater works and contributes to the communities it serves.

If you would like more information about the upcoming conference in Texas, please contact the Executive Director, at ALFIII@sbcglobal.net .

Click here to go to conference webpage.

Join the Dividing the Waters Network

If you would like to join the network of those who care about adjudication of water conflicts and receive the Program’s monthly Network Note, please contact Rebecca Bluemer: bluemer@judges.org.  If you would like to share information about Dividing the Waters, please feel free to download our materials about the Program or the Water Justice Fund and send them to friends.

The Vision

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.

Mission Statement

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.