Colorado Water Law Attorneys
The law governing ownership and use of water in Colorado is unlike any other state in the country. Colorado water law is fundamentally based on the prior appropriation doctrine of "First in Time, First in Right," but such system has developed in Colorado through the judiciary in the water courts. To establish a water right in Colorado, the user must either acquire a permit with the Division of Water Resources, a decree from one of Colorado's water courts, or both. A clear understanding of Colorado water law is crucial to ensure the legal operation of your well, spring, or ditch. Our attorneys provide representation in Colorado's water courts and legal advice on bringing your water use into compliance with Colorado law.
As a purchaser of real estate in Colorado, you may have questions about the water rights associated with the property you are purchasing or you may have questions about limiting your liability when selling your water rights as part of a larger sale or transaction. Our experienced legal team can assist you with all aspects of the real estate transaction including a comprehensive review of the water rights you are buying or contract provisions aimed at protecting yourself when conveying water as part of the sale.
Mark Twain once said "Whiskey is for Drinking; Water is for Fighting Over." When others claim the right to use your water or to use your land to transport their water, our experienced trial attorneys are available to defend your rights to your water or your land.
For assistance in navigating Colorado's water law, contact an attorney at Feldmann Nagel, LLC immediately.