Water and Environmental

Our water attorneys have extensive  water court and administrative experience with surface and ground water appropriation and usewater rightsales and transfers, changes of water rights, plans of augmentation, water quality standards and classifications, and wastewater and stormwater discharge permittingOur lawyers also assist land trusts, land conservation agencies, and environmental organizations with complex local, state, and national water issues.

Water Law: water supply, water rights, and water and land conservation

Climate variability and continued population growth pose increasing difficult challenges for owners of existing water rights and new water users.   Our solution-oriented water lawyers  have extensive  experience helping clients successfully navigate the arcane aspects of water law, including surface and ground water appropriation and use,  changes of water rights, plans of augmentation and exchange, and water rights purchases, sales and transfers, separately and in conjunction with real estate transactions.  Water clients range from individual homeowners, HOAs, farms and ranches, towns, and water districts, to multinational corporations and large municipalities across Colorado and in other western states.  Our lawyers also assist land trusts, and land conservation and environmental organizations with complex local, state, regional and national water and land conservation projects.

Environmental Law: due diligence, compliance, enforcement defense

Navigating the complex web of federal and state environmental statutes and regulations is a veritable minefield for the diligent as well as the unwary, with serious consequences for even minor unwitting missteps.  Our lawyers have broad experience helping clients deal with environmental matters under  the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, CERCLA (Superfund) and RCRA, including transactions, siting and permitting, compliance, brownfields redevelopment, insurance, contractor management, waste management, toxic torts, natural resource damage claims, auditing, remediation and voluntary cleanups, worker safety, radiation control, and litigation.

BHGR advises manufacturers, mining companies, oil and gas companies, governmental agencies, universities, water suppliers, municipal wastewater treatment providers, real estate developers, and banks on a wide range of environmental, transactional, and natural resource matters.  Because environmental matters often involve multiple areas of law, our team approach combines attorneys with relevant expertise from different practice areas to provide clients with solid analysis and guidance.


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Practice Area Contact

Peter D. Nichols

Peter D. Nichols

Partner | pdn@bhgrlaw.com  | 303.402.1600

Peter Nichols practices water law, water quality law, environmental law, and land and water conservation law. In addition to water law and water quality issues, Peter has particular expertise in the federal Clean Water Act and water rights, conservation easements involving water rights, and the temporary use of agricultural irrigation water rights to meet municipal needs. More…