John A. Kolanz

John Kolanz brings over 25 years of practice experience in environmental and natural resource law to Otis, Bedingfield & Peters, LLC. John spent the first eight years of his career in the highly-regarded environmental section of a large law firm.  There he was part of a sophisticated practice counseling corporate clients on a broad range of regulatory compliance and permitting issues arising out of business operations, enforcement activities, and real estate transactions.

After leaving the large firm setting to come to Colorado, John worked as in-house counsel for the City of Greeley, where he continued his focus on environmental and natural resource issues.  While at the City of Greeley, John established the Environmental and Water Resources Practice Group, which provides specialized in-house legal counsel to the Greeley Water and Sewer Department and its appointed board.  John’s work for the City of Greeley included handling environmental permitting for large water infrastructure projects.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with High Distinction from the University of Kentucky, with a minor in agricultural economics.  He then went on to graduate in the top 15% of his class at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

John helps businesses, municipalities, non-profits, and individuals negotiate the complex regulatory landscape and achieve their goals in a timely, efficient, and responsible manner.  He has significant practice experience in virtually all the major environmental and natural resource statutory programs, including those addressing water quality, wetlands, drinking water, air quality, endangered species, hazardous wastes, hazardous substances, toxic substances, asbestos, and federal lands. John’s approach is to understand the goals of his client, and to help develop a strategy to achieve those goals.

The regulatory landscape is fluid, and can present a confusing mix of federal, state, and local requirements.  Regulated entities must satisfy not only existing obligations, but also anticipate the impact of future requirements on their operations.  John can help you minimize exposure in transactions involving contaminated property, defend environmental enforcement matters, obtain environmental permits and authorizations, understand the regulatory implications of a business expansion or capital project, and stay abreast of regulatory developments crucial to your operations.

A resident of Colorado since 1997, John and his family enjoy the Colorado outdoors and are all avid skiers, hikers, and fly fishermen.

Contact John A. Kolanz: jkolanz@nocoattorneys.com

Recent Articles


Recent Presentations

  • In February 2018 John presented on cooperative stream flow agreements at the Poudre River Forum.
  • In October 2017 John presented on Clean Water Act Jurisdiction at the South Platte Forum.
  • In June 2017 John presented on the Waters of the United States rulemaking at the Universities Council on Water Resources/National Institutes for Water Resources Annual Conference at Colorado State University.
  • In July 2017 John presented on Environmental and Natural Resource Legal Considerations to the Larimer County Bar Association.
  • In June 2016, John presented “The Clean Water Rule:  Considerations for Moving Forward” at the Colorado Water Workshop in Gunnison.
  • In April 2016 John presented “An Overview of Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting” to the Colorado Stream Restoration Network.

Other

John was quoted in Charles Schmidt’s August 2017 article “Against the Stream: The Future of the Federal Clean Water Rule.” https://undark.org/article/clean-water-rule-epa-pruitt/

John Kolanz is a partner with Otis, Bedingfield and Peters LLC in Loveland. He focuses on environmental and natural-resource law, including Section 404 matters, and can be reached at 970-663-7300 or JKolanz@nocoattorneys.com.