water right

noun

: a right to the use of water (as for irrigation)
especially : riparian right

Examples of water right in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those water rights were then passed down from generation to generation. Maanvi Singh, WIRED, 20 Apr. 2024 From 1978 to 2003, eight other tribes’ water rights were established. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 Some of those included fully recognizing and protecting each tribe’s ability to benefit from their full water rights allotment, and promises from the federal government to help develop alternative sources of water when tribal water rights are disrupted. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 6 Mar. 2024 By 2021, the state water commission established a water plan that recognizes traditional water rights and protecting stream flows. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 8 Dec. 2023 The make-or-break moment for Sites is a series of hearings scheduled to run from June to November in which the State Water Resources Control Board will analyze fisheries studies and other documents and decide whether to award it the water rights to move forward. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024 In 1984, a tribal lawsuit to solidify water rights made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1984, but the justices ruled all parties needed to start over. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2024 How the extra day keeps everything on track Some tribes’ water rights date back further. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 Well, the Klamath River dispute is just one of many between Native American Tribes and the US government involving water rights. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of water right was in 1793

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“Water right.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20right. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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