Our water resources group of lawyers is divided into two main teams — water quality and water supply. Our water quality team addresses the full range of issues under the Federal Clean Water Act and its state counterparts. Our water supply team covers issues relating to water supply, planning, allocation, minimum instream flows, and source water protection.

Water Quality

Over the last 20 years, our lawyers have represented clients nationwide from almost every sector of industry, including pulp and paper manufacturing, mining, transportation, electronics, telecommunications, petroleum, chemicals, and food and beverages. We represent businesses (both large and small), national and state municipal organizations, and individual communities throughout the United States.

Our services include every major aspect of law at both the federal and state levels. We provide the full range of services needed to participate effectively in both the legislative arena and the rulemaking process, including analysis, advice, drafting, lobbying, preparation of comments, and litigation, including judicial review of agency action. We also assist clients in every phase of the permit process and in defense of judicial and administrative enforcement actions, including citizen suits.

Water Supply

Our water supply practice includes water supply planning, regulatory, legislative, litigation, and enforcement matters. We routinely advise water suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic States on the full range of federal, state, and local issues that may affect their facilities and operations (e.g., Safe Drinking Water Act). We also assist industry in developing and permitting groundwater and surface water industrial water supplies and in negotiating agreements with water suppliers.


For more than a decade, we have been helping clients navigate the sometimes treacherous sea of wetland regulations. Few areas of environmental law have gone through as many dramatic program shifts. Consequently, our extensive involvement and experience in this regulatory program can be invaluable when trying to assess the total impact of the program on development of a property or on an industry’s ability to obtain a permit for a facility.

We work on wetlands issues across the country. The vast majority of our work has focused on development projects and enforcement actions in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. In addition to coordinating the permitting strategies for clients seeking the necessary federal, state and local wetland permits, we also assist in resolving the problems which may arise during the permitting process and in the related environmental practice areas of historic resources, endangered species and NEPA compliance.



    Virginia municipalities

    Developing, introducing, and lobbying during the 1997 session of the Virginia General Assembly for statewide nutrient control legislation on behalf of a group of 37 Virginia municipalities.


    State/Federal criminal investigations

    Representing clients in connection with state/federal criminal investigations involving alleged NPDES permit violations and other Clean Water Act Criminal allegations.


    State agencies

    Working with several state agencies on behalf of clients to develop reasonable and cost-effective water quality standards, as well as challenging and defending state water quality standards before state agencies and in the courts.


    National Urban Wet Weather Federal Advisory Committee

    Participating on behalf of the CSO Partnership in EPA’s National Urban Wet Weather Federal Advisory Committee.



    Lobbied effectively to Congress during 1996 on behalf of two municipal clients for a $40 million federal grant authorization for their sewer rehabilitation projects.  

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