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.

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Water Rights.

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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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.
If that is the case, then an interesting situation exists, whereby the holder of the appropriative water right may want to sell it and irrigate directly from the main stem by means of a riparian right.
74) The petitioners in Dugan held riparian rights to continued water flow from the San Joaquin River for use along the landowner's property, which was downstream from the CVP's Friant Dam.
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.
50) In ways that differ from the modern American law on the navigation servitude, that question was answered in the affirmative so that the riparian rights survived.
Riparian rights were then extinguished under provincial land grants unless confirmed by a court before June 18, 1931 or by the terms of the grant: Public Lands Act, R.
Depending on the region, agricultural water is sourced from rainfall, irrigation districts, groundwater and riparian rights.
The suit's complaint (later amended as greater information became available) cited Joerger's riparian rights to the waters of Hat Creek as one of the mainstays to the legal argument.
Riparian rights arrangements on international rivers for sharing of water rights among the riparian countries for electricity production, among other uses.