Surface water and ground water rights engineering are highly specialized fields which include combining engineering, hydrology, and hydrogeology with aspects of Colorado water law and public policy. HRS Water Consultants continues to be a leader in the field of water rights engineering by maintaining state-of-the-art technical expertise and through active involvement in public policy formulation and legislative activity, continuous communications with water rights attorneys, and monitoring of Water Court cases.
The objectives of typical water rights engineering projects may include:
Historic consumptive use analysis
Change of use
Quantification of ground water appropriation volumes
Quantification of lawn irrigation return flows
Analysis of stream depletion from well pumping
Designated Basin permitting work
General water rights research
Evaluation of water rights applications and decrees
Evaluation of other firms' engineering studies
Assessing the potential for injury to senior water rights
Augmentation plans to allow diversion by junior water rights
Negotiations and client advisement
Expert testimony in courts of law
Our goal is always to protect our client's water rights through negotiation and settlement, thus foregoing the high cost of litigation. However, when the stakes are high and conflict is unavoidable, HRS is qualified and experienced in presenting objective expert witness testimony.