Procedures in a Change of Water Rights

by Ronald K. Blatchley, (F.ASCE), Blatchley Associates Inc, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The general procedures used in the water right analysis for a change in a water right must be applied to the historic use and then repeated for the proposed new use. The required analysis includes consideration of legal-water rights impacts and administrative and physical effects. The administrative analysis includes water use practices. Such administrative procedures as assessment of canal losses, water run in sections, individual farm turnout measurements and cropping patterns may significantly affect the yield and should be included in the analysis. The final step in the administrative picture is the river or stream administration of the water rights.

Subject Headings: Water rights | Water resources | Municipal water | Water use | Canals | Agriculture | High-rise buildings | Rivers and streams

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