Water Rights and Management Lawyers | Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina
One of the most urgent environmental issues in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and the surrounding regions today involves the withdrawal of water from rivers and streams for use in processing facilities. How much water can be prudently withdrawn? How much has to be put back, and in what condition?
Another critical water rights and management issue involves the construction of huge regional reservoirs to create lakefront property. Damming miles of streams can change cold water to warm water. This, in turn, threatens wildlife by significantly altering the natural ecosystem. Reservoirs pose problems because they can lose millions of gallons of water a day.
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At Stack & Associates, P.C., we help property owners, environmental organizations and other entities in their efforts to combat the destruction of our region's rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands caused by rapid growth, poor development practices and lax public oversight of water rights and management.
To learn how our experienced and respected environmental litigation attorneys can assist you or your organization in these serious matters, please contact our law offices in Atlanta.
Our water rights and management lawyers have experience in cases related to:
- Water quality
- Water resources
- 7q10 flow
- Riparian rights
- Interbasin water transfers
- Flooding of property for regional reservoirs
- General nuisance and property damage issues
- Zoning, land use, condemnation and eminent domain
Water rights and management in the Southeast are generally regulated under the modified riparian principle. Under the modified riparian principle, anyone living adjacent to a body of water, such as a stream or aquifer, has the right to make reasonable use of the water — for boating, fishing and swimming, for example. The riparian rights of one user must balance with those of adjacent users. Riparian rights are also linked to land ownership. Users must own property adjacent to a stream or aquifer to have riparian rights to use the water.
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Do you have questions or concerns about water rights? Please contact Stack & Associates, P.C. for a free initial consultation. We offer legal counsel and representation to clients throughout Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.