Water issues are a critical to human and ecosystem health throughout the world. Here in the United States, it has been identified as a critical resource for national security and as a key regional issue in many parts of the nation. This course provides an overview of U.S.-focused legal and policy questions related to water. The course will cover generally the legal and policy challenges facing water resources today, including the allocation of water supplies under the riparian and prior appropriation doctrines; protection of water quality under the Clean Water Act, and the Chesapeake Bay; and special topics with a water law and policy connection such as climate change, flooding and drought, drinking water and infrastructure, and energy.
*Special topic course