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1 Water Law Traditional surface water policy: “natural flow doctrine ”. The owner of riverside “riparian” land was entitled to receive and return water to a stream as it came naturally to their land (without changes to its flow, volume, temperature, and quality) Through time, evolved to “riparian doctrine” and then reasonable use of water on lands adjacent to waterways Water tied to land No unreasonable interference with others’ use In times of shortage, all users reduced. Western U.S. water law: Doctrine of prior appropriation: “first come, first served” Rights established when beneficial use begins “use it or lose it” In times of drought, senior rights take precedence Rights can be bought or sold, and are separate from owning the property Under prior appropriations: Capturing rainwater at your house could be illegal (Just legalized in Colorado still illegal in Washington State) Re-using your waste water could be illegal.
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2011 for the course GLY 3882 taught by Professor Screaton during the Spring '09 term at University of Florida.

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