What We Do
Wells, Small, Fleharty & Weil has represented clients for over 30 years in all aspects of water law. With the recent California State Legislation’s adoption of the Groundwater Sustainability Act to regulate and monitor groundwater, and amendments to the Water Code to require the installation and maintenance of devices capable of monitoring the direct rate of diversion of water from a stream/river, it is imperative that an expert be there to represent your water right interest. Our attorneys have also presided as directors for Joint Powers Authority on behalf of water contractors, State Water Districts, and County Groundwater Sustainability Commissions.
ASK YOURSELF THESE 2 QUESTIONS:
Does the recent increase in government regulations on your water rights concern you?
Are your water rights being infringed upon by competing interests, whether it be upstream/downstream water users or governmental agencies??
IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES TO EITHER QUESTION WE CAN HELP YOU. We provide the following water right services.
Disputes Over Surface/Groundwater
In today’s climate the right to maintain one’s water rights and protect your water rights against the government and upstream and downstream owners has become essential to the success of the agricultural community. Ground and surface water reporting and monitoring requirements are and will continue to become even more burdensome, and the failure to comply with these requirements could result in the loss of your water rights or substantial penalties imposed on you by the government.
Representation of Clients Before Governmental Agencies
We have vigorously defended and protected our client’s water rights before governmental agencies. These services include representation before local, state and federal agencies including the State Water Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Army Corps, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and local county water districts.
Acquisition of Water Rights
The due diligence in determining the water rights of agricultural property is crucial when purchasing the property. This law firm knows where to go, who to ask, and what documents to review to verify the water rights to the property you are considering purchasing.