Washington Court Denies Water Transfer Under Relinquishment Statute

Washington Court Denies Water Transfer Under Relinquishment Statute

Jan 01, 2009

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Law & Water Column, American Water Works Association, January 2009

Attorneys in Brownstein's Water Group author the monthly "Law & Water" column in the American Water Works Association Journal. Each column provides valuable legal insight in the form of case summaries of interest to water utilities across the U.S.

The January column discusses how a Washington court of appeals denied the city of Union Gap's attempts to obtain water rights on the site of a former beef-processing plant on the grounds that the rights had been relinquished through nonuse.

The column also discusses how the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources must consider all hydrologically connected water when determining whether a river basin is fully appropriated.