Water quantity and water quality, once considered separate in the law, are converging. Increasingly, federal and state water policy and regulation intersect with the consideration of endangered species, resulting in complex problems that are not easily addressed, especially through litigation. Viewed in the past as confined to the arid west, these issues now crop up across the country, as seen in several recent water-related cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, recent cases have addressed whether and how indirect discharges of pollutants through groundwater to navigable waters may be regulated under the Clean Water Act. The policy implications in these disputes are far-ranging and go to the heart of several cornerstone environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and NEPA. The disputes also illustrate the potential conflict between state and federal authority whenever water is considered. Join Kathy Robb, a partner in the New York office of Sive, Paget & Riesel, for a discussion of legal issues surrounding water supply and quality.
Kathy Robb is a Principal in the New York office of Sive, Paget, & Riesel, P.C. She is a nationally-recognized environmental lawyer with extensive litigation, transactional, and regulatory experience
Robb’s practice focuses on litigation in federal district and appellate courts across the country, including in the U.S. Supreme Court. She represents water districts, developers, investors, lenders, industrial companies, and chemical manufacturers, among others, with regard to water rights, endangered species issues, environmental impact reviews, river sites with contaminated sediments, and on large sites with contaminated groundwater. She also works on complex transactions from the bid process through closing and advises clients on corporate structuring to best manage risk.
Robb received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. She then clerked for the Hon. Glen M. Williams, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She writes and lectures widely on environmental issues. Robb serves as president of the Environmental Law Institute‘s Leadership Council in Washington, DC, and is a former ELI Board member. She also serves as vice-president of the Waterfront Alliance in New York; on the Advisory Board of Bloomberg BNA’s Environmental Due Diligence Guide; on the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association; and as an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School. She is designated as a leader in environmental law in Chambers, as a New York Super Lawyer, and as a leading lawyer in International Who’s Who, among other recognitions. In October, Robb was inducted into the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL).
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