Briefing on Recent Key Actions Affecting Exempt Wells in the West

Presented on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Most western states have laws or regulations allowing landowners to install “exempt” wells. These small, groundwater uses are “exempt” from certain water rights permitting procedures, adjudication procedures or both. This workshop will outline state exempt well laws, provide the hydrologic framework within which these wells are utilized, highlight some recent actions that may impact the future use of these systems, and offer tools to assist local efforts. NGWA continues to play a leadership role on this issue. NGWA’s recent legal brief supporting New Mexico’s current exempt well laws in the Bounds case, which challenged the current law’s constitutionality, is an example of the latest action.

Jeremiah Thomas, Esq.
Keggler, Brown, Hill and Ritter Co., Columbus, OH
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