Water Law

Tonkon Torp understands the pressing questions surrounding the use of water and the complexities in water law.

We help navigate administrative processes for obtaining water rights. We look for creative solutions to meet water needs and to resolve contentious water disputes.

We call upon our years of experience, while also staying up-to-date on emerging issues, including declining groundwater levels and climate change predictions. Our clients include:

  • Large and small-scale agricultural operations
  • Commercial and residential developers
  • Financing sources and investors
  • Hydroelectric power producers
  • Renewable energy developers
  • Recreational businesses
  • Non-governmental organizations

We provide representation before state and federal administrative agencies, courts, and legislatures. We integrate water law expertise with other practice areas including real estate and land use, energy, government relations, public policy, and environmental law.

Our water law experience covers a broad range of legal services.

Transactions

We have assisted clients on a variety of transactions involving water law and water rights, including:

  • Water rights acquisition
  • Purchase, sale, lease, or donation of water rights
  • Analysis of water rights, due diligence, title searches, and water rights audits
  • Change or modification of water rights
  • Mitigation plans and water exchanges
  • Easements and other water access issues
  • Impact of environmental regulations on water use
  • Advisory opinions for new water dependent or water-related businesses
  • Waterway ownership disputes
  • Mitigation banking

Water Law Litigation

  • Agency contested cases
  • Water rights adjudication
  • Disputes in state and federal courts

Administrative Law/State & Federal Permitting

  • Representation in administrative rule making proceedings
  • Pre-application consultations
  • Permit applications
  • Compliance resolution

Government Relations

  • Representation in state and federal legislative matters
  • Consultation with state and federal legislators, state and federal agency policy representatives, and others within the private and public interest sectors involved in making public policy

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Of Counsel
Darian
Stanford
503.802.2028
darian.stanford@tonkon.com
Litigation Paralegal
Larissa
Stec
503.802.2148
larissa.stec@tonkon.com
Partner
Jon
Stride
503.802.2034
jon.stride@tonkon.com
Associate
Samantha
Taylor
503.802.2042
samantha.taylor@tonkon.com
3462
Partner
Alex
Tinker
503.802.5734
alex.tinker@tonkon.com
Litigation Paralegal
Amanda
Ulrich
503.802.2106
amanda.ulrich@tonkon.com
Partner
Joseph
Voboril
503.802.2009
joe.voboril@tonkon.com
Associate
Alexandria
Wagner-Jakubiak
503.802.5748
alexandria.wagner@tonkon.com
Labor & Employment Paralegal
Caryl
Walker
503.802.2105
caryl.walker@tonkon.com
Partner
Frank
Weiss
503.802.2051
frank.weiss@tonkon.com
3503, 3539, 3541, 3545, 3547, 3551
Partner
Steven
Wilker
503.802.2040
steven.wilker@tonkon.com
Partner
Michael
Willes
503.802.5737
michael.willes@tonkon.com
3491, 3559
Partner
Jeffrey
Woodcox
503.802.2039
jeffrey.woodcox@tonkon.com
Associate
Timothy
Wright
503.802.2052
timothy.wright@tonkon.com
Partner
Zachary
Wright
503.802.2041
zach.wright@tonkon.com

Tonkon Torp Wins Water Law and Boundary Dispute for Jackson County Landowner

Tonkon Torp wrapped 2020 with a complete victory in a complicated and contentious boundary and water law dispute.

Representative Matters

Clean Water Act Violation Defense

Negotiated settlements with third-party citizen-suit claimants under the Clean Water Act.

Water Rights Contested Case Defense

Represented hydro-power producers in water rights contested case proceedings before the Oregon Department of Water Resources and appellate courts.

Acquisition of 540 Acres, Subject to Conservation Easement

Represented the Columbia Land Trust in the acquisition of 540 acres from the Port of Vancouver, USA in the Vancouver Lake Bottomlands, subject to a conservation easement requiring that the land be actively managed to provide a feeding and nesting area for the costal flock of the Pacific Flyway population of Sandhill cranes.

Water Right Transfers

Represented clients in matters concerning the purchase and sale of water and water rights.

Water Rights Protection

Represented clients in administrative proceedings to secure new and protect existing water rights.

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