riparian right


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riparian right

The right of a landowner to use water from a river or other body of water on which his land abuts.
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As long as the practical application of riparian rights is confined to areas where the supply of water generally exceeds the demand, all users are able to share the available water and there is no need to specify quantity or reasonable use.
In the West, riparian rights have been most important in states along the Pacific coast and those straddling the one-hundredth meridian that generally divides the humid east from the arid lands beyond.
Therefore, a riparian right may have the appearance of an appropriative right because the water is extracted offsite.
c) unless the right is reserved, a parcel severed from contiguity by conveyance loses the riparian right and it cannot thereafter be reestablished;
66) These riparian rights did not create a property interest in the water itself but rather a right of use that is appurtenant to the ownership of riparian lands.
Although official borders between Iran and Afghanistan have long been identified and accepted by both countries, disputes over water and other riparian rights have not been resolved yet.
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.
The owners of riparian rights were entitled, among other things, to divert waters for domestic consumption and any other reasonable purpose.