Landowners, businesses, utilities and municipalities acquiring and protecting their water needs are represented by Schwabe.


  • Helped a major public utility obtain a water supply for new power generating facilities.
  • Securing the water supply and coordinating all state permitting for Oregon’s first new gold mining operation in decades.
  • Resolved fish damage and water quality impact claims (civil and administrative) through a negotiated settlement with multiple state and federal agencies.
  • Manage wastewater permitting for numerous fish processing facilities in Willapa Bay and the Columbia River, including permit-related appeals to state environmental review boards, providing regular advice to facilities processing salmon, halibut, crab, bottom fish, shellfish, and other Pacific Northwest species.
  • Represented Ecology in the Yakima Basin surface water adjudication, a case spanning four decades and involving thousands of parties including the United States, the Yakama Nation, and municipal and agricultural water users.
  • Formed a water supply district for a group of irrigators and helped the district secure water rights and a long-term water service contract with the Bureau of Reclamation.

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