The Regulated Riparian Model Water Code

Water Laws Committee of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division of ASCE

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-7844-0226-9 (ISBN-13) | 0-7844-0226-4 (ISBN-10), 1997, Soft Cover, Pg. xviii, 382
32 cm
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


Prepared by the Water Laws Committee of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division of ASCE.

This report, a product of ASCE's Model Water Code Project, presents legislation proposed for adoption by state governments that would allocate water rights among competing interests and resolve other qualitative conflicts over water. To develop the proposed legislation, input was sought from people involved with water-related issues, such as engineers, government administrators, lawyers, business people, and academics. Because of the divergence of water laws of eastern and western states, the development of a single code appropriate for all the States was not possible and two different model water codes were prepared. The code presented in this book reflects the needs and legal traditions of the eastern states. Regulated riparian statutes allocate the right to use water on the basis of whether the use is reasonable, so that is how this code allocates the waters of a state. This code also addresses the difficult question of multijurisdictional transfers of water, whether across a water basin boundary or across a state line.

Subject Headings: Water policy | Riparian water | Water resources | Standards and codes | Water rights | Water management | Legislation


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