Office of Water
Water Resource Law
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.
Environmental Appeals Board decisions
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since 1992, and unpublished final orders since 1996.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.
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 (www.e-waterweekly.com),
which does not repeat U.S. Water News stories, but covers other water
Water Law Project
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.