riparian right

riparian right


Definition of RIPARIAN RIGHT

:  a right (as access to or use of the shore, bed, and water) of one owning riparian land

First Known Use of RIPARIAN RIGHT

circa 1860

riparian right

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, the right of one who owns riparian land (land abutting or including a stream or river) to have access to and use of the shore and water. These rights are a form of real property (see real and personal property) and are inherited with the land. A landowner whose property abuts an ocean, sea, lake, or pond is said to possess littoral rights. Specific water-use laws vary from state to state.


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