Water Rights Handout

Water Rights Handout - BRAE 340 - Irrigation Water...

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BRAE 340 1 Water Rights BRAE 340 - Irrigation Water Management Water Rights Pueblo Rights (Spanish Law) ± Applies to small towns and the municipalities descended from them ± San Diego and Los Angeles still have some Pueblo water rights ± Applied to surface and ground water ± Limited to the original pueblo watershed ± Can use needed, naturally occurring water from the entire watershed ± Right to draw water for Reasonable and Beneficial purposes ± Excess can not be sold outside the city ± Quantity of this right can increase over time Riparian Rights (English Common Law) ± Appropriate for a humid region, problematic in arid West ± Water right is a matter of land ownership (Land must physically touch the water) ± Water must be used within the watershed it was drawn from ± Volume of right not quantified ± Multiple Riparian users of same resource ± Right not lost if unused ± Long term storage not allowed (longer than 30 days) ± Usually older and superior to Appropriative rights
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