Guiding clients through the multifaceted frameworks governing water regulation and the use of water.

Meet the team

Locke Lord's environmental lawyers represent clients on all aspects of the Clean Water Act and analogous state law statutes, from CAFO permitting to wastewater discharge, management of waters of the United States, waters of the state, and local variance and floodplain issues. Our water work also focuses on addressing and obtaining regulatory closure (as needed) for groundwater impacts associated with historical uses or recent releases, including PFAS issues.

In addition, Locke Lord's environmental lawyers represent a broad range of clients in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters, from owners of groundwater and surface water rights to clients who need to secure water supplies and water-related services to a major municipality in connection with its development, construction and operation of a surface water treatment plant. We have extensive experience in working with state and local water jurisdictions to obtain needed licenses, permits (construction and operational), amendments, renewals and other authorizations involving water rights, wastewater facilities, wetlands, storm water facilities and desalination plants. We negotiate all types of water-related contracts and legal relationships, from groundwater purchase and sale agreements to surface water and treated water supply contracts, contracts for the design, construction and operation of water treatment facilities, and contracts for water supply, wastewater and sewer services.