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DAM. A construction of wood, stone, or other materials, made across a stream of water for the purpose of confining it; a mole.
     2. The owner of a stream not navigable, may erect a dam across it, and employ the water in any reasonable manner, either for his use or pleasure, so as not to destroy or render useless, materially diminish, or affect the application of the water by the proprietors below on the stream. He must not shut the gates of his dams and detain the water unreasonably, nor let it off in unusual quantities to the annoyance of his neighbors. 4 Dall. 211; 3 Caines, 207; 13 Mass. 420; 3 Pick, 268; 2 N. H. Rep. 532; 17 John. 306; 3 John. Ch. Rep. 282; 3 Rawle, 256; 2 Conn. Rep. 584; 5 Pick. 199; 20 John. 90; 1 Pick. 180; 4 Id. 460; 2 Binn. 475; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 71; Id. 9; 13 John. 212; 1 McCord, 580; 3 N. H. Rep. 321; 1 Halst. R. 1; 3 Kents Com. 354.
     3. When one side of the stream is owned by one person and the other by another, neither, without the consent of the other, can build a dam which extends beyond the filum aqua, thread of the river, without committing a trespass. Cro. Eliz. 269; 12 Mass. 211; Ang. on W. C. 14, 104, 141; vide Lois des Bat. P. 1, c. 3, s. 1, a. 3; Poth. Traite du Contrat de Societe, second app. 236; Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 2 Watts, R. 327; 3 Rawle, R. 90; 17 Mass. R. 289; 5 Pick. R. 175; 4 Mass. R. 401. Vide Inundation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Murang'a Woman Representative Wanjiru Chege challenged the government to consider prioritising on desilting of the colonial era dams instead of building new ones, saying this will be of more economic value and less time consuming.EMPLOY YOUTH"Desilting of dams will be of higher economic value to locals and will create employment to the youth as opposed to construction of new dams," she said.
style="font-weight: 400The ex-CJP assured people's donations would be spent only on the construction of dams. style="font-weight: 400Speaking on the occasion, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan said he wanted to make it clear that dams would certainly be constructed in the country.
'With this amount of Rs7 or 8 billion, collected under fund-raising drive, you cannot make big dam, however it can help construct enough small and medium sized dams in Balochistan,' said Senator Usman Kakar during the meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Developments and Reforms.