Homestake Creek

GWC helps to lead the effort for a new wetland protection program in Colorado

Dec. 7, 2023

Andrew Teegarden 's policy brief discusses the recent Sackett decision from the Supreme Court and the steps that the State of Colorado must take to fill the new regulatory gap. Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism , picked up on Andrew’s policy brief in a story about the Sackett issue, and that...

Colorado River

Water Year 2023 in Context: A Cautionary Tale

Dec. 7, 2023

Water Year 2023 was exceptional for runoff and for boosting reservoir storage---but it isn't likely to repeat itself for the additional 3-6 years needed to refill the reservoirs to 1999 levels (the last time they were full). We need to work to conserve the gains of WY2023, as history shows...

Photo by Len Necefer

2024 GWC Conference on the Colorado River

Nov. 16, 2023

The Getches-Wilkinson Center and Water & Tribes Initiative will be co-convening the 2024 Conference on the Colorado River on Thurs, June 6th and Fri, June 7th at the Wolf Law Building in Boulder, CO. Next Chapters on the Colorado River: Short-Term Coping, Post-2026 Operations, and Beyond For many years, full...

Scholarship and Fellowship Outreach

GWC Scholarship and Fellowship Programs Lunch and Learn

Oct. 27, 2023

Over 40 CU Law students joined The Getches-Wilkinson Center on Thursday, October 26th for a delicious lunch and to hear from current GWC Scholar and Fellows. Information on the various scholarships and fellowships and instructions on how to apply for a Summer 2024 or Academic Year 24/25 Scholarship or Fellowship...

Lauren Ris

Q & A with Lauren Ris, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board

Oct. 27, 2023

Lauren Ris was selected this summer to be the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) after seven years as the Deputy Director. The CWCB represents each major water basin in the state and other state agencies in a joint effort to use water wisely and protect Colorado's water...

Andrew Teegarden

Will Colorado Fill the Gaps in the Post-Sackett World?

Oct. 26, 2023

Introduction The Supreme Court’s decision in the Sackett case earlier this year dramatically altered the regulatory framework for wetlands, ephemeral waters, and intermittent streams in the United States. Now, there is a two-step process in determining whether a water is subject to the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) jurisdiction. First,...

Sackett v. EPA

Sackett v. EPA: How the Supreme Court Decimated the Clean Water Act

Aug. 29, 2023

After reading, rereading, and rereading again, I can’t help but conclude that the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA makes no sense. The case presented the decades-old question of which waters, and by extension, the wetlands adjacent to those waters, are considered “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) and...

Gregor MacGregor

Tribal Water Rights Settlement Resolution

Aug. 14, 2023

The American Bar Association House of Delegates approved a new policy urging the Federal Government to prioritize funding and staffing tribal water rights settlements. The policy centers on tribal sovereignty and the necessity of water to fulfill that sovereignty, provide for economic development, and advance well-being in tribal communities. The...

Frannie Monasterio

Tribal Access to Clean Water Act of 2023

Aug. 2, 2023

On July 19, 2023, Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, Colorado House Representative Joe Neguse, and New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich introduced the Tribal Access to Clean Water Act of 2023, 1 which ramps up critical funding for Tribal clean water initiatives across the country. Access to clean water...

Amicus Brief

DigDeep UTRF Amicus Brief

May 22, 2023

GWC Water Law Fellow Frannie Monasterio collaborated with four other attorneys (Elizabeth G. Bentley, Elisabeth Parker, Clifford B. Parkinson, and Heather Tanana) on an amicus brief to the Supreme Court filed on behalf of DigDeep and the Utah Tribal Relief Foundation. Download the DigDeep UTRF Amicus Brief here