Water Resources Practice Area

A singular breadth and depth of experience addressing water resource issues.

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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 or development in Florida over wetlands or other surface waters.

Our more than four decades of experience covers the major areas of law governing water resources, and has established a track-record of working successfully with our clients, consultants, and regulators.

Areas of Service

Many water resource projects in Florida, especially large-scale projects, require multiple areas of expertise. We form teams of lawyers when needed to provide our clients with the best support possible for each issue. We work together to craft projects in a manner that meets all environmental criteria and addresses concerns when possible.

Because we have so many lawyers who work in the water resources areas, we have the ability to focus on specific areas. Rather than attempting to be a “Jack of All Trades” we can each individually develop the depth needed in a narrowly-focused area, calling on the bench strength of our fellow attorneys.

Our lawyers’ experience includes working on a daily basis with a variety of clients to get environmental permits needed for projects, be it from federal, state, or local agencies. We pride ourselves on navigating the regulatory morass so our clients and consultants can provide the reasonable assurances necessary for water quality, stormwater, and dredge and fill permits.

Our work on resource extraction projects includes projects both large and small. These types of projects need many different permits at all levels of government. We have experience in coordinating the various practice areas, agencies, and types of authorizations needed so as to ensure compatible permit requirements.

When unavoidable disputes arise with a regulatory agency or a third party over water resource issues, our lawyers also have experience in litigating cases in both administrative and judicial arenas. This includes appellate experience, including all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Our lawyers have also been involved in environmental legislation and rule making since the 1970s and can help clients in both understanding these regulations as well as efforts to change them, when necessary. We have worked with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s water management districts in developing rules for statewide applicability and for more narrow implementations, such as for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development and implementation in specific areas.

HGS Administrative News
Jul 14, 2021
Environmental Permitting Summer School 2021
Apr 20, 2021
HGS a 50th Anniversary Legal Leader for American Bar Association Spring Environmental Law Conference
Nov 23, 2020
EPA Considers Florida’s Assumption of Federal Wetland Permitting
Nov 9, 2020
U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Hopping Green & Sams in 2021 Best Law Firm Rankings

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