Hydrology - Water Boundary, Law, and Rights The

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Water Boundary, Law, and  Rights The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River  Basin:  An Example of the Southeast's  Struggle for Water Rights
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Water Rights Two Main Systems: Riparian and Doctrine of Prior Appropriation The main system utilized in the East is riparian rights Other states, especially the thirteen original colonies founded their own codes Example: Massachusetts Colonial Ordinance
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Riparian Rights History Two theories in riparian rights Natural Flow Doctrine, Reasonable Use Doctrine Natural Flow Doctrine (generally viewed as impractical) Riparian owners are entitled to have the streamflow of the water across their land maintained in a natural state Reasonable Use Doctrine Allows user full use of watercourse to riparian owner as long as use does not interfere with beneficial use to others
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Appropriations “First in time is first in right.” In several states, the two systems are hybrid Limits to the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation What can effect rights? What if usage is challenged?
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