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  • This Subject Area Index lists all CALI lessons covering Environmental Law.
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Environmental Law

The Science of Wetlands

This lesson was written as a review of the material covered in Chapter 1 of the CALI e-book, Wetlands Law: A Course Source. The lesson reviews some basic wetlands science, including the values and functions of wetlands, types of wetlands, and wetland delineation methodology.

Section 404 Permits

This lesson was written as a review of the material covered in Part 2 of Chapter 6 of the CALI e-book, Wetlands Law: A Course Source. The lesson reviews the procedures for the issuance of individual Section 404 permits and the application of the Clean Water Act section 404(b)(1) guidelines.

States Roles in Wetland Protection Under the Clean Water Act

This lesson was written as a review of the material covered in Chapter 9 of the CALI e-book Wetlands Law: A Course Source. The lesson reviews the federal/state relationship in wetlands regulation under the Clean Water Act, with a focus on state programs, state programmatic general permits, state assumption of the Section 404 permitting program and the use of the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification program as a tool to protect wetlands.

Statutory Interpretation

This lesson introduces the student to the doctrine and processes involved in interpreting state and federal statutes.  Statutes are a critical part of every substantive area of the law, so this is important background for every student, legal professional, lawyer and judge.

Superfund Basics

This exercise provides a review of the liability scheme and defenses under CERCLA and briefly reviews the CERCLA cleanup process. The exercise begins when EPA discovers phenol contamination in drinking water wells of several residents of Springfield, Ames. Through a series of multiple choice questions, the student helps EPA choose a response action, identify potentially responsible parties, and decide which liable parties the agency should sue, for what damages, and under what authority.

TSCA Basics

This lesson reviews the basic regulatory framework of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. The lesson can serve either as a review of the statute or as an introduction to it.

Water Law Basics: Rights in Ground Water

Who has the right to pump and use ground water -- the water in underground aquifers? The various states in the United States have used a variety of rules to establish rights in ground water. As a practical matter, some of these rules have created problems because states didn't recognize that ground waters and surface waters are often connected.

This lesson provides a review of the five major doctrines that states have employed to decide who has what rights in ground water.

Water Law Basics: Riparianism

Riparianism is the system of water law used in most eastern states in the United States to govern property rights in water. This lesson provides a review of the basic concepts of the doctrine of riparianism for students in Water Law or Property classes. It covers both common law riparianism and regulated riparianism.

This lesson consists of 15 questions.

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