Victory in Clean Water Act Case Saves Community’s Water Supply

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck secured a decision in the federal court for the District of Colorado precluding third parties from closing a Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) well that supplies water for Brownstein’s client, Park Center Water District. Individual residents of the area near the well commenced a citizen’s action under the Clean Water Act to enjoin water releases from a BLM well that supplies water to some 4,000 residents in the Park Center District. James Wade, manager for Park Center, said, “Because the BLM well is the sole water supply for our community, Park Center intervened in the case to preclude closure of the well.” In denying the plaintiff’s request to shut down the BLM well, the court noted that Park Center depends on the water to serve its 4,000 customers, who have no other feasible water supply...

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