Water Law

O’Laughlin & Paris LLP is one of the leading water law firms in California in the area of water rights and resources. Our attorneys regularly assist clients in acquiring water rights, developing and perfecting water rights, amending existing water rights, and protecting water rights form regulation, conversion, forfeiture, and appropriation by third parties. 

Similarly, water quality regulation is a highly complex area of water law with an abundance of regulatory requirements at state and federal levels.  Attorneys at O’Laughlin & Paris LLP regularly work with the State Water Resources Control Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the application and administration of the Clean Water Act and the Porter-Cologne Act on water quality compliance matters.

Representation

  • Represent private and public entities in the application and acquisition of new water rights from the State Water Resources Control Board.

  • Petition the State Water Resources Control Board to change the place of use, point of diversion, and season of diversion of an existing water right.

  • Challenge decisions issued by State Water Resources Control Board at the superior court and appellate court levels.

  • Adjudicate water rights at the State Water Resources Control Board, the superior court and appellate court levels.

  • Challenge regulatory actions that impact the use of water rights.

  • Represent public agencies in challenging issuance of Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).

  • Represent public agencies in obtaining Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) permits.

  • Challenge the State Water Resources Control Board’s adoption of Water Quality Control Plans at the superior court and appellate court levels.

  • Represent irrigation districts in relicensing of hydroelectric facilities, including working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and obtaining a water right certification from the State Water Resources Control Board.