Water Resources

McKenna Long & Aldridge (MLA) has three decades of experience with federal, state and local water supply and water quality protection regulations.  Our attorneys have expertise in representing companies as well as state and local government agencies in a wide variety of regulatory and litigation matters and business transactions centered on water resources including:

We regularly assist clients in acquiring water rights for a wide variety of beneficial uses. We represent the State of Georgia in negotiations and litigation with the States of Florida and Alabama, the United States, and a variety of stakeholders over the allocation of the waters from two major river basins.  The “Tri-State Water Wars,” as they are sometime referred to in the media, are among the most important water cases pending in the United States.

On a smaller scale, our attorneys counsel local government water providers in issues relating to permitting, finance, contracting, and operation of their water systems.  We assist developers and other businesses in obtaining and protecting water rights and permits.  With offices on both the east coast and the west coast, our firm is well situated to handle matters at the federal, state, and local levels throughout the country.

MLA’s Water Quality Protection Practice includes matters concerning Industrial Wastewater, Industrial and Construction Stormwater, Erosion and Sedimentation, and the Clean Water Act (CWA).  We provide effective counseling and representation to clients to address the challenges posed by the nation’s clean water laws, including: 

Our attorneys are experienced in a broad range of water quality issues, from compliance and permitting to litigation and federal and state enforcement actions.  We assist clients in determining regulatory requirements, obtaining permits, and defending enforcement actions under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which involves discharges of dredged and fill material into wetlands.  Our knowledge of this evolving area of law and experience with the Corps of Engineers and EPA make us well qualified to provide counsel in the most complex matters relating to wetlands.  

MLA attorneys also have extensive experience with coastal water protection laws, most notably the Georgia’s Coastal Marshlands Protection Act and Shore Protection Act.  We have successfully assisted some of Georgia’s most prominent landowners and developers in permitting and rulemaking proceedings and defended enforcement actions under these statutes.

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