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Clean Water Law Attorney in Portland, Oregon

Water is one of the most precious resources on the planet. As with any other natural resource, there are many complex legal issues surrounding water. These legal issues are related to regulatory, transactional, and litigation matters and often require assistance from an environmental attorney.  

At The Law Office of Frank Hammond, we help clients with water law issues in the private and public sector throughout Oregon. Our clean water law attorney in Portland, Oregon, advises clients on local, state, and federal regulations, investigates and litigates water law issues, and assists with transactions and permits that affect the use of water.  

We are widely recognized as one of the prominent environmental law firms with a clean water law practice in Oregon. Our attorney has an unwavering commitment to preserving our state’s natural resources and is passionate about helping his clients. With nearly 40 years of legal experience, 10+ of those practicing environmental law, we always strive to devise innovative solutions that align with a client’s objectives.  

What Services Do We Offer?

At The Law Office of Frank Hammond, we represent clients in dealing with local, state, and federal regulators in Portland and across Oregon. We provide our clients with transactional, regulatory, permitting, and litigation services.  

1. Transactional

Our transaction-related services include: 

  • Due diligence 

  • Evaluation of water rights 

  • Drafting of documents 

  • Negotiation of contract terms 

  • Purchase and sale 

  • Mergers and acquisitions 

  • Project finance 

  • State and federal tax strategy 

  • Real estate and land use 

  • Venture capital 

Our clean water law attorney in Portland, Oregon, is well-versed in assisting clients in all types of transactions involving water law issues. 

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2. Regulatory

Clean water is an essential necessity for every community, which is why local, state, and federal government authorities enforce strict regulations to safeguard water quality. While public entities are responsible for providing safe drinking water and protecting water supplies, private entities must manage and discharge wastewaters according to the appropriate laws, including the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws, Safe Drinking Water Act, and others. We assist clients in navigating the various regulatory programs that apply to their specific situation to ensure compliance and avoid legal risks.  

3. Permitting

Environmental permits are crucial in protecting Oregon’s natural resources, including water. But many individuals and entities do not know how to obtain the necessary permits or how to operate in compliance with those permits. Our attorney offers a wide range of permitting services, which include but are not limited to:  

  • Evaluating and monitoring compliance with environmental permit requirements;  

  • Obtaining permits from governmental entities; and 

  • Transferring environmental permits upon a change in ownership.  

We are committed to helping our clients advance their projects through the permitting process in a smooth and hassle-free manner.  

4. Litigation

While most water-related disputes are resolved through negotiations, some may require a great deal of discussion and eventually result in litigation. When this happens, our clean water law attorney at The Law Office of Frank Hammond can help clients navigate through judicial proceedings to achieve their goals. We have years of experience litigating water and other environmental matters in both state and federal courts. 

The Relationship Between Land Use Laws and Clean Water

Land use laws play a critical role in maintaining the cleanliness and availability of water resources. These regulations dictate how land can be developed and used, which in turn influences water quality and the health of aquatic ecosystems.

For example, zoning laws may restrict industrial activities near rivers and lakes to prevent pollution from runoff. Plus, laws governing agricultural practices can limit the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers that could otherwise seep into groundwater and surface water. Effective land use planning and regulation are essential for protecting watersheds, reducing erosion, and ensuring that communities have access to clean, safe water.

Our environmental lawyer brings a deep understanding of both clean water and land use law, offering innovative solutions tailored to your specific situation. With a proven track record in litigation and land permit appeals, we strive to advance your goals with precision and practical experience.

Why Choose The Law Office of Frank Hammond?

The Law Office of Frank Hammond has earned a solid reputation in Oregon for providing strong, ethical representation to clients across the state. Our services cover a broad spectrum of water law issues, from protecting water rights and ensuring compliance with the appropriate regulations to resolving conflicts and litigating disputes.  

Our attorney has over a decade of experience managing the water needs of his clients and representing their interests before state and federal courts and regulatory agencies. We are committed to developing creative, strategic solutions tailored to each client's unique circumstances.

Here’s why our law firm is a top choice among individuals and entities who deal with water law issues in Oregon:  

  • We offer a strategic and client-centered approach. 

  • We offer solutions that are proven, tested, and effective. 

  • We have an in-depth understanding of environmental laws. 

  • We keep our clients ahead of the curve with innovative solutions. 

  • We respond to the needs and requests of our clients quickly and maintain ongoing contact. 

  • We can provide full-service assistance with all environmental matters related to your business or another undertaking. 

Our attorney has extensive experience representing clients before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW), and other federal and state agencies.  

Our clean water law attorney in Portland, Oregon, serves a broad spectrum of clients, including business owners, developers, landowners, local governments, and others. We provide service to clients in Portland and other parts of Oregon, including Salem, Newport, Astoria, Medford, Bend, Bandon, Eugene, and beyond.

Clean Water Law Attorney Serving Portland, Oregon

Oregon’s mesmerizing landscape creates nearly endless opportunities for those who live and run their business here. However, this also means dealing with legal issues related to water and environmental law. Regardless of the nature of your issue, our attorney at The Law Office of Frank Hammond can provide you with trusted guidance at the local, state, and federal level. Contact us today and schedule a meeting to get the conversation started.