Practice Area: Water

Some of Michael’s work in this area

Gelardi Law assists with water rights permitting and water transactions. Mike is also experienced with water quality issues and wetland regulation.

Klipsun Vineyards water rights

Successfully renegotiated a water right permit with Washington Department of Ecology to facilitate sale, expansion and replanting of Red Mountain AVA vineyard.

Location: Benton County, Washington

Center for Environmental Law and Policy v. Department of Ecology

Represented a utility in defending water rights related to hydropower production at an existing dam. Prevailed before the Washington Court of Appeals, Thurston County Superior Court and Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board. 194 Wash App 1054

Location: Okanogan County, Washington

Oregon wine industry policy development

Served as land use and natural resources counsel to Oregon wine industry trade association, including development of legislation governing winery activity on farmland, and industry efforts to reduce pesticide damage and secure long-term water supply; advised industry coalition on 2019 wine labeling legislation.

Location: Oregon

Waverly Marina Association

Successfully challenged Oregon Department of State Lands permitting decisions before an administrative law judge. OAH Case No. 1403630

Location: Portland, Oregon

Clean Water Act settlement

Negotiated a favorable settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on behalf of a fuel distributor for an accidental diesel spill in a waterway.

Location: Linn County, Oregon