Water Law Attorney
Beth grew up in Colorado Springs and obtained an undergraduate degree in Geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2005, Beth began her legal career at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where she focused on intrastate and interstate water right matters. During her tenure with that office, Beth represented the State and Division Engineers, Colorado Water Conservation Board, and the Board of Water Well Examiners. Beth was named Water Unit Attorney of the Year in 2006 and, towards the end of her tenure, served as lead water rights counsel for the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Beth worked in private practice on the western slope from 2014-2015, and then for a medium sized firm in Denver from 2015-2020.
Over the course of her career, Beth has handled a wide range of water right, policy and local government matters. She has worked on interstate and regional water issues raised by the Colorado River Compact, Arkansas River Compact and Republican River Compact. Beth also currently serves as a member of the Upper Colorado River Commission’s Legal Committee and participates in the Colorado Water Congress State Affairs Committee.
Within Colorado, Beth has experience adjudicating water rights, changes of water rights, corrections to previously decreed points of diversion, exchanges and augmentation plans as well as opposing potentially injurious water court applications. Beth has also worked on matters involving recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) water rights, instream flow rights, wetland irrigation, transbasin water rights, protests to the Division Engineer’s abandonment list, quiet title actions, declaratory judgment actions, and enforcement actions against individuals diverting water without decreed water rights or without adequate measuring devices.
Beth also has experience in strategic water supply planning and development, Fish and Wildlife Resource Mitigation Plans, preparing public comments for projects subject to review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), performing water-related due diligence, evaluating and drafting conservation easements, evaluating water right appraisals, drafting water storage contracts, preparing water right leases and coordinated reservoir operation plans.