Factual Issues in Water Rights Changes

by Leonard Rice, (F.ASCE), Leonard Rice Consulting Water, Engineers Inc, Denver, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


When an appropriator of a water right desires to change the manner in which the right is exercised there are a number of factors that must be considered. These include the types of changes that are allowed, the procedures which must be followed to obtain the change, and the principles that govern the manner in which the changed water right may be exercised. The most important principle is that the exercise of the water right, after it has been changed, must not cause injury to any other water right, particularly junior water rights. The successful implementation of these principles depends heavily upon the extent and accuracy of the factual determinations that are made in support of the change.

Subject Headings: Water rights | Water resources | Municipal water | Accidents | Water use | Irrigation

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