Riparian Rights

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Riparian Rights

The rights, which belong to landowners through whose property a natural watercourse runs, to the benefit of such stream for all purposes to which it can be applied.

Riparian water, as distinguished from flood water, is the water that is below the highest line of normal flow of the river or stream.


Water Rights.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

riparian rights

n. the right of the owner of the land forming the bank of a river or stream to use water from the waterway for use on the land, such as for drinking water or irrigation. State laws vary as to the extent of the rights, but controversy exists as to the extent of riparian rights for diversion of water to sell to others, for industrial purposes, to mine the land under the water for gravel or minerals, or for docks and marinas. Consistent in these questions is that a riparian owner may not act to deny riparian rights to the owner of downstream properties along the waterway, meaning the water may not be dammed and channelled away from its natural course.

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to riparian rights, and the Court could have dismissed the case
(67) In essence, the resulting law of riparian rights allowed for traditional domestic uses (referred to as "natural uses") and other, largely commercial, uses to the extent they were deemed reasonable and not injurious of the rights of other riparians.
The third category of water rights asserted by Aboriginal peoples are riparian rights. In addition to the above-mentioned water rights, Aboriginal peoples benefit from riparian rights on reserves (Bartlett, Aboriginal Water Rights at 49-51).
Jesse Carter and Louis Joerger applauded the recognition of Joerger's riparian rights and the monetary damages award, but they disliked the acknowledgment of PG&E's riparian rights, particularly because Joerger's predecessors had used the stream's flows long before PG&E began diverting water.
International treaties among riparian rights countries in an international river basin;
On the part of India, even the riparian rights and benefits issues of Nepal and Bangladesh are grossly ignored.
(14) From an efficiency standpoint, riparian rights were inherently uncertain because they were correlatively defined, and thus could shift over time as neighboring users and uses changed; (15) uncertainty, in turn, inhibited investment and prevented the development of markets in transferable water rights.
senators at the time favored prior appropriation rights while others favored riparian rights. Eastern United States riparian rights award reasonable use of water to owners of land bordering lakes and rivers.
In particular, he argues that the doctrine of riparian rights was still viable and that this fact made it more plausible that a court might depart from prior appropriation.
Israel claims that it has legitimate historical riparian rights to most of the flow of the Mountain Aquifer, based on the principle of International Law of prior use of the Mountain Aquifer, major portions of which flow naturally into its territory and which has been developed at great expense and fully utilized for essential human use economic sustainability over a period of time going back some 60-80 years.
* Interests in land (such as a fee interest, life estate, remainder, easement, mineral rights, timber rights, grazing rights, riparian rights, air rights, zoning variances, and other similar land rights).