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brae340lab 2 - Part 1: Water Rights Appropriative Rights...

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Part 1: Water Rights Appropriative Rights are analogous to mining law which means that the entitlements to a specific amount of water go with a specific date. Appropriative Rights may be sold or transferred, and later users are subordinate to users who have already exercised their rights on a specific source of water. This comes into effect in a drought when recent users would be forced to forfeit all of their water supply before the first user’s water was reduced in any way. Appropriative Rights can apply to surface and ground water supplies, and users have the right to specific withdrawal amount and time. Unlike Riparian Rights, long term storage is allowed. If Appropriative Rights are initiated after the year 1913, a permit or license is required. Riparian Rights are more appropriate for more moist and humid regions as opposed to arid, dry areas. Water rights go with the land ownership and the land must physically touch a river, stream, pond, lake, or underground channel. In California, Riparian Rights are normally not lost if they go unused. Riparian Rights can also attach to land that receive a regular amount of floodwater from a reliable source such as snowmelt. The volume of the right is not quantified, but the users are entitled to some of what is there. If there are multiple users with Riparian Rights on the same water source, they must all share, especially in the event of a drought, and they are to take a portion of
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