Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program
Reports & Publications


Project Directors and Editors:
Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Texas A&M University School of Law
Professor Amy Hardberger, St. Mary’s University School of Law

Authors: Rachael Louise Cain, Marcus Goll, Tyler Hood, Colton Lauer, Matthew McDonough, Brett Miller, Shea Pearson, Scott Rodriguez, Travis Riley

US Groundwater Laws report coverThis report presents preliminary results of a study investigating the groundwater laws and regulations of thirteen U.S. states. The purpose of the project is eventually to compile and present the groundwater laws and regulations of every state in the United States that could then be used in a series of comparisons of groundwater governance principles, strategies, issues, and challenges.

Professor Gabriel Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law and Professor Amy Hardberger at Saint Mary’s University Law School developed a matrix to ascertain chief components and characteristics of the groundwater legal regime of each state. Student researchers then used the matrix to respond to a standardized set of questions about the groundwater laws and regulations of a selection of states.

Before continuing with assessments of the remaining states, Professors Eckstein and Hardberger present in this report the results developed thus far, and now seek feedback about the overall project, including its objectives, methodology, and preliminary results.

  • To download the report, please click here or on the report image.

  • Feedback, comments, and suggestions about the content and substance of the project and its preliminary results—including assessment of the accuracy of information, research methodology, report organization, and usefulness of the project and its findings to date—should be sent to:

    Professor Gabriel Eckstein:
    Professor Amy Hardberger: