Water Law

Announcing www.Water.Law

Attorneys at Smith Hartvigsen are known across the state of Utah for their expertise in all aspects of water law. They are regular speakers on water law topics at seminars and conferences, and often publish articles on water law topics.

Cities, towns, irrigation companies, water districts, developers, farmers, and other water users rely on Smith Hartvigsen to assist with the acquisition, protection, and maximization of water rights. Additionally, attorneys at Smith Hartvigsen are skilled litigators with significant experience in handling cases related to water, including water right quiet title actions, water right interference cases, and court appeals of State Engineer decisions.

Some of the services we provide include:

Representative Water Law Clients
Magna Water District
Mountain Regional Water Special Service District
Benchland Water District
Skyline Mountain Special Service District
Huntington-Cleveland Irrigation Company
Huntsville Irrigation Company
Draper Irrigation Company / WaterPro Inc.
Boulder Farmstead Water Company
Providence City
Duchesne City
Grantsville City

Recent Presentations and Publications on Water Law
Public Trust Doctrine and Proposed Amendments, Utah Section of American Water Resources Association Conference, April 2013 (J. Craig Smith)
Securing and Preserving Title to Water Rights, HalfMoon Seminar, March 2013 (Jeffry R. Gittins)
Introduction to Utah Water Rights, HalfMoon Seminar, March 2013 (Jeffry R. Gittins)
Energy Production: Water Supply and Quality Issues, HalfMoon Seminar, March 2013 (J. Craig Smith)
Reuse and Stormwater Laws and Regulations, HalfMoon Seminar, March 2013 (J. Craig Smith)
Working Through the Water Right Title Update Process, Utah Water Law & Policy Seminar, March 2013 (Jeffry R. Gittins)
Policies and Bylaws for Private, Non-Profit Companies, Rural Water Association of Utah Annual Conference, February 2013 (David B. Hartvigsen)
Are Your Impact Fees Legally Defensible?, Rural Water Association of Utah Annual Conference, February 2013 (David B. Hartvigsen)
Water Quantity and Quality Issues in Energy Projects and Proposals, National CLE Conference, January 2013 (J. Craig Smith)
Rules to Remember When Purchasing Water Shares, FENCELINES Magazine, Winter 2012 (Jeffry R. Gittins)
Rules to Remember When Purchasing Water Rights, FENCELINES Magazine, Spring 2011 (Jeffry R. Gittins)
Records Management for Water Companies, Rural Water Association of Utah Annual Conference, March 2011 (Jeffry R. Gittins)

Representative Water Law Cases
In re General Determination of Drainage Area of Utah Lake and Jordan River, 2012 UT App 184, 285 P.3d 1 (Utah Court of Appeals 2012)
Bear Hollow Restoration, LLC v. Public Service Commission of Utah, 2012 UT 18, 274 P.3d 956 (Utah Supreme Court 2012)
Sanpete America, LLC v. Willardsen, 2011 UT 48, 269 P.3d 118 (Utah Supreme Court 2011)
Bingham v. Roosevelt City Corp., 2010 UT 37, 235 P.3d 730 (Utah Supreme Court 2010)
Morra v. Grand County, 2010 UT 21, 230 P.3d 1022 (Utah Supreme Court 2010)
Taylor-West Weber Water Improvement District v. Olds, 2009 UT 86, 224 P.3d 709 (Utah Supreme Court 2009)
Wayment v. Howard, 2006 UT 56, 144 P.3d 1147 (Utah Supreme Court 2006)