Water Law

Dunn Carney’s water law team addresses our clients’ needs regarding the most precious of resources: water. Whether clients are farmers or ranchers in need of new water rights or seeking to change an existing water use; businesses needing water for industrial use; homeowners seeking protection of their domestic wells; or ditch companies needing assistance with water supply contracts, our attorneys can meet these needs and more. Dunn Carney’s water law attorneys represent clients in transactional matters, litigation and legislative affairs.

Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with administrative law issues and communicating with relevant agencies, including the Oregon Department of Water Resources, Oregon Department of State Lands, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Washington’s Department of Ecology. Also of importance to our clients, our attorneys strive to provide cost-conscious representation to meet our clients’ needs.

We feature updates on water and other relevant natural resource issues through the  Dunn Carney Natural Resources Update.

Our areas of expertise include

  • Water rights adjudication and representation in contested cases.
  • Purchase, sale and leasing of water rights.
  • Transfers or changes of water rights.
  • Water supply agreements.
  • Rotation agreements.
  • Pipeline and other water-access easements.
  • Endangered Species Act.
  • Removal-fill permits.
  • Wetland mitigation.
  • Navigability.
  • Legislative affairs.

Our attorneys

Timothy Bernasek
Kate Moore


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