Clyde, Steven E.

Author Description

Steven E. Clyde is a Vice President, Shareholder and Director, and Chair of Natural Resources and Water Law Practice Group with the Clyde Snow law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout his thirty-four years of practice, Mr. Clyde has specialized in natural resources law, including oil and gas, public land law, and mining law, with a primary emphasis in water law. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law (1975). Mr. Clyde has represented many clients in the buying and selling of water rights and in the conversion of water rights from agricultural irrigation use to domestic, municipal, and industrial use for development of real property. He has represented parties in the negotiations of a Lease of Power Privilege on Bureau of Reclamation Facilities for the Central Utah Project and in the negotiation of power sales contracts from the hydroelectric facilities constructed under the lease. He is general counsel to the Central Utah Water Conservancy District and the sponsor of the Central Utah Project. Steven has represented many individuals and entities before the State Engineer of the State of Utah, both as applicants and as protestants to water rights applications, and has litigated water rights appeals in the district courts, the Supreme Court of the State of Utah, and the federal courts. He also has experience in local government law and has represented many clients in planning and zoning activities before city and county planning and zoning authorities. Additionally, he has served on the Utah Legislature’s Water Task Force and the Executive’s Water Task Force from 2007 to 2009 to revise Utah’s water laws. Mr. Clyde has served in many capacities in both the Utah State Bar Association and the American Bar Association’s Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law. He served on the governing Council of the ABA Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (1989-1991), and as Chair of the Water Resources Committee of that section (1985–1988). Steven is a contributing author to the water law treatise Water and Water Rights. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, teaching water law. He has published several articles and frequently lectures at CLE conferences on topics related to Western water law.

Authored Reports

Beneficial Use in Times of Shortage: Respecting Historic Water Rights While Encouraging Efficient Use and Conservation,State Survey of Domestic Preference Law, Water Law Adaptability: Increasing Water Use Efficiency - Meeting the Needs of Growing Populati