From Riparianism to Water-Use Permitting: Issues Confronting State Government

by William E. Cox, Dep of Civil Engineering, Blacksburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Many of the original riparian-doctrine states have replaced the common-law allocation approach with administrative water-use permitting, and other states will likely take similar action in the future. This transaction is a major change in a state's water-management institutions. This paper discusses the basic issues that must be resolved during the transition to water-use permitting.

Subject Headings: Water use | State government | Water resources | Riparian water | Resource management | Water rights | Laws

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