Category: Water Law

Man Sentenced to 30 Days Jail for Catching Rain Water on Own Property (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

An Oregon man recently began his 30-day jail term for violating a state rule prohibiting capturing surface runoff from rain and snow. Gary Harrington arrived Aug. 8 at Jackson County (Ore.) Jail to begin serving his sentence. Here’s the odd bit about this — Harrington was collecting rain and snow melt on his own property. […]

Thursday August 9th, 2012 in Water Law | 1 Comment »

Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Groundwater Rights (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

This press release from TSCRA says it all: FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today [Feb 24] applauded the opinion of the Texas Supreme Court in the Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel case regarding whether or not landowners own the groundwater below their land. “The […]

Friday February 24th, 2012 in Water Law, Water News, Water Use, Water Wells | No Comments »

Who owns the groundwater beneath your land? (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

Landowner groups host groundwater ownership forum in Lubbock PRESS RELEASE FROM Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association AUSTIN, TEXAS – Texas landowner groups have joined forces in an effort to ensure that groundwater continues to be recognized as a vested, real private property right. The groups will host an educational forum Oct. 28, at the […]

Friday October 15th, 2010 in Education, Water Law | No Comments »

Law of the Biggest Pump (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

In Texas water law, the state owns your surface water, as a general rule, and you must get permission to use that water. The landowner owns water found below the earth’s surface in the crevices of soil and rocks–percolating water. Texas groundwater law is judge-made law, derived from the English common law rule of “absolute […]

Wednesday December 2nd, 2009 in Water Law | No Comments »

Texas Water Law for Lawyers (Posted By Gary Cutrer)

The University of Texas law school is conducting a two-day refresher on Texas water law in Austin. With the course description, I would guess this one would be geared more to lawyers and legislators than to the general public/concerned citizen. But, if you’ve got your lawyer’eze language greased up, you might want to fork out […]

Monday November 2nd, 2009 in Education, Water Law | No Comments »