Evaluating the Facts in Water Right Changes

by Leonard Rice, Leonard Rice Consulting Water, Engineers, Inc, Denver, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems: Integrated Perspectives


Under the western system of appropriation water rights may be separated from the land and the time, type and place of use changed. Such changes are governed by the principle that there must be no injury to other vested water rights. To secure judicial or administrative approval of a water right change evidence must be presented that demonstrates that the proposed new use and method of operation will not adversely impact the stream system. In most cases, terms and conditions are imposed on the transferred use to protect other users.

Subject Headings: Water rights | Water supply systems | Water policy | Aquatic habitats | Water supply | Rivers and streams | Irrigation systems | Water resources

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