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.

Cross-references

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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(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.
(21) Yet the state constitution was amended to correct this extravagance and tame the potential of riparian rights by requiring them to be reasonable relative to other water uses.
* Riparian rights cannot be severed from the riparian land and transferred elsewhere.
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Traditionally, Florida law distinguishes between riparian rights, which govern those who own land adjacent to a river, and littoral rights, which govern those who own land bordering a lake or an ocean.
In the eastern United States, where water traditionally has been less scarce than in the West, it typically is common property, with riparian rights held by land owners whose properties are appurtenant to water.