Vol. 11, No. 2, October 2008

Water Resources

[Updated 7/09/12]

 

EPA Office of Water

This website is an excellent starting point when researching federal water laws. Searchers can link to the sub-agencies and retrieve news, and technical, legal and statistical references. These sub-agencies include: the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (provides researchers with the text of the Safe Drinking Water Act, along with historical and analytical documents); the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds (links to significant laws, regulations, executive orders, and guidance documents); the Office of Wastewater Management (links to WaterNews - a weekly online publication announcing publications, policies, and activities of the Office); and the American Indian Environmental Office (provides relevant laws, regulations, and guidance documents). From the main page of the EPA Office of Water there is a link to federal water regulations published in the Federal Register since 1994.

EPA Environmental Appeals Board Decisions

In researching water law cases, users may want to access the EPA's Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) rulings, offering a searchable database of decisions published since 1992, and unpublished final orders since 1996. Also useful is The Environmental Appeals Board Practice Manual, providing information regarding upcoming oral arguments, a table showing federal court review of EAB decisions, and a listing of EAB cases pending before the federal courts. Frequently Asked Questions includes explanations of what the EAB is, how to file a claim, etc.

U.S. Water News

U.S. Water News is a current awareness resource for tracking water issues from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Articles are archived since 1995. Researchers can also subscribe to e-Water Weekly, which does not repeat U.S. Water News stories, but covers other water industry news.

International Water Law Project

This website provides information on international water law and policy and related topics. It offers treatises, articles, news stories, and case law. The case law collection provides decisions from The Permanent Court of International Justice, the International Court of Justice, and other international tribunals. The documents collection provides primarily treaties and agreements between nations, available in full text. A chart of the world's watercourses is accessible, listing the Transboundary Watercourses and International Water Basins of the World. The chart notes which countries border the rivers, the rivers lengths, and into which regions they flow. This website also provides a listing of bibliographies which is quite extensive and topically arranged. Most comprehensive is a listing of links to international water websites, along with links to a variety of water-related discussion lists. The website itself offers an Announcement Lists mailing list for people who wish to subscribe. Lastly, the site has a search engine to locate documents on its website.

Water Law and Standards

Produced by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the WHO (World Health Organization) the Water Law and Standards website allows users access to a wealth of information regarding Water Resource Law. The user can search U.S. law as well as the laws of other countries pertaining to water rights and quality. Divided into two sections: "Law" and "Standards" the user can compare and contrast water resource legislation among the documented nations.