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He and Rachael had no power, no road and — despite bordering the canal — no water rights.
The Federal Desert Land Act of 1894 — or Carey Act — enticed private companies to build irrigation systems in return for the sale of water rights.
The reason was water; vying for water rights had shaped much of the region.
The Bureau of Reclamation, which runs the federal project, instituted a cost-sharing formula that exempted certain major agricultural districts with special water rights.
Palmer advises clients in the energy, petrochemical, power and utility sectors and handles regulatory enforcement matters, including onshore and offshore oil and gas regulation, oil and gas waste and water rights.
Actress Shailene Woodley walked the red carpet with Calina Lawrence, a Suquamish Tribe member, musician, and activist for causes including Native American water rights.
Duke says the wall interferes with its water rights under the flood easement.
In Texas, as in many states west of the Mississippi, water rights can be worth more than the land itself.
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Financial Definition of WATER RIGHT
What It Is
Water rights are the legal permissions to use water in a specific way.
How It Works
For example, let's assume that John buys a house on the famous Yellowstone River in Livingston, Montana. The house is on riverfront property. The county's water rights laws specify that his property is private up to the high-water mark of the river. The public is allowed to use the waterway itself, but they may not "camp out" on the bank. The local water laws also specify that John can use a reasonable amount of the river water to irrigate his crops, as long as he follows local regulations and ensures that no wastewater from his property enters the river.
There are different kinds of water rights. Riparian rights are rights to surface waters such as lakes, rivers, and streams. Littoral rights are rights to oceans or very large bodies of water. Water rights can also apply to groundwater.
Why It Matters
In general, water belongs to the public. Water rights are permission to use the water; they are not permission to own the water. Water rights do not necessarily give landowners permission to transport water away from the property.
From an investment perspective, water rights are very valuable. Land with water rights is more valuable than land without water rights.
Every state has its own laws regarding how water rights convey, are acquired, or are forfeited. However, most property owners can establish water rights through their continued actual use of the water (known as "use it or lose it").
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