Water Quality

Irvine & Conner has represented individuals, civic associations, and environmental organizations interested in protecting water quality. Irvine & Conner’s attorneys have contested multiple wastewater permit applications before the TCEQ; represented environmental NGOs in contested case hearings and litigation concerning water use permit applications filed with the TCEQ; litigated on behalf of landowners with contaminated groundwater wells; and drafted and served notices of intent to sue under the Federal Clean Water Act for illegal discharges of pollutants. Examples of our work include:

  • Charles Irvine and Michael McEvilly represented a ranching family and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance in contesting a wastewater permit over the Edwards Aquifer. After litigation before the TCEQ and state district court, the clients obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Irvine & Conner represented an environmental organization challenging a river authority’s application for a new water use permit. The challenge was voluntarily dismissed as part of a global settlement strategy aimed at providing additional inflows into the bay system.
  • Irvine & Conner helped represent a landowner whose land was allegedly contaminated by saltwater injection wells. The case settled favorably for the client.