BHGR advises manufacturers, mining companies, oil and gas exploration and production companies, governmental entities at all levels, universities, individuals, water providers, wastewater treatment and dischargers, real estate developers, land trusts, farmers and ranchers, banks, and other commercial companies with regard to a wide range of environmental, land use and land conservation, transactional, and natural resource matters.
Our lawyers have broad experience in environmental law matters, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CERCLA and RCRA (Superfund), Endangered Species Act, and issues concerning permitting, wetlands, water resources, conservation easements, regulatory compliance counseling, brownfields redevelopment, legislative and regulatory advocacy, enforcement defense, procurement of environmental insurance policies, environmental contractor management, waste management, facility siting, transactional support and advice, toxic torts, insurance claims, natural resource damage claims, underground storage tanks (UST's), environmental audits, environmental remediation, voluntary cleanups, mold, asbestos, worker safety, public lands, land swaps, radiation control, and a wide range of environmental and toxic tort litigation.
In addition to litigation, our attorneys advise clients in enforcement actions, permitting, self-audits, compliance, and transactions related to different environmental media and different environmental laws.
Many environmental issues are complex and involve multiple areas of law. Our team practice model combines attorneys from different practice areas to provide clients better answers faster without paying for a learning curve.
Water Law, Water Quality and Conservation
In Colorado and the West, the Prior Appropriation Doctrine generally governs the right to use water for agricultural, environmental, industrial, municipal, recreational and other beneficial purposes. Extensive State statutes and well-developed case law affect the use of both surface water and groundwater. Federal and State statutes, regulations, and convoluted administrative procedures regulate water quality, in particular wastewater and stormwater discharges. Our water attorneys have extensive water court and administrative experience with surface and ground water appropriation and use, water rights sales and transfers, changes of water rights, plans of augmentation, water quality standards and classifications, and wastewater and stormwater discharge permitting. Our lawyers also assist land trusts, land conservation agencies, and environmental organizations with complex local, state, and national water issues.