Hopping Green & Sams represents a wide range of industrial, governmental, and land development clients in water resource regulation, ranging from development of legislation and regulatory standards to the permitting of water-related projects.
Our three decades of experience covers the major areas of law governing water resources, including:
- National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting for industrial and municipal wastewater and stormwater
- Permitting discharges to groundwater
- Water quality criteria development and implementation
- Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development and implementation
- Dredge and fill permitting
- Consumptive use permitting
- Wetlands and mitigation banking
- Stormwater management
- Sovereign submerged lands authorizations for marinas, pipelines, and other uses of state submerged lands
- Mining regulation
- Everglades restoration
- Water and wastewater utilities
Permits authorizing activities affecting water resources may be hotly contested if care is not taken to craft the project in a manner that meets all environmental criteria and addresses concerns when possible. When unavoidable disputes arise with a regulatory agency or third party over water resource issues, we have experience in litigating cases in both administrative and judicial arenas.
Also, when legislative or regulatory changes are under consideration, we work with regulators and legislators to promote outcomes that protect our clients’ interests.