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Who Partners with the Water Rights Branch?

Rowland Spring, Great Basin National Park, Nevada
Rowland Spring, Great Basin National Park, Nevada (NPS, 2012).

The Water Rights Branch partners with several organizations to obtain and protect water and water rights for park units. Of particular importance are the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental and Natural Resources Division; and the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor, who provide legal advice to the NPS and represent the NPS in court proceedings and administrative hearings.

The Branch's long-time scientific partner is the U.S. Geological Survey. This agency has (1) provided geological, hydrological, and biological expertise; (2) planned and carried out investigations; and (3) established and operated data-gathering stations to support park-unit water rights. Other partners have included universities, non-profit organizations, and quasi-governmental agencies. These partners have cooperated with the NPS to provide information for obtaining and protecting water rights at park units.

Last Updated: December 13, 2012