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What is Riparian Ownership?

Watercourses are those bodies of water defined as streams, rivers and lakes. Much of modern water law concerns itself with personal property rights associate with these bodies of water. Under the riparian doctrine, the water from watercourses belongs to those who own the land bordering the water. Riparian rights attach to all contiguous tracts as long as one of them borders the water in question. Riparian owners are only allowed to use this water in connection with the riparian parcel.

Natural Flow vs. Reasonable Use

Two theories currently guide the riparian ownership doctrine. The following are the basic guidelines that make up these competing theories of water use: 

Natural Uses vs. Artificial Uses

When assessing the fairness of water allocation, courts also look closely to the nature of the water use: 

Should I Contact a Property Attorney about My Watercourse Dispute?

If you are in a riparian state, and are involved in a dispute over the use of a watercourse, the advice of a property attorney can be extremely helpful in resolving your legal matter. Because of the complicated nature of law in this area, and the variety of ways in which different jurisdictions handle property disputes, the counsel of a property attorney who specializes in this field of law can be beneficial in achieving the outcome you want.

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Last Modified: 03-30-2016 10:22 AM PDT

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