riparian rights
n.
The rights of those who own property on the banks of rivers and streams related to use of the water and the land bordering it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


riparian rights
Rights of the owner of land adjacent to a river or stream to use the water for certain purposes. State laws vary on the extent of the rights given riparian landowners.A riparian landowner may not, however, interfere with the rights of other riparian landlowners farther downstream — which means no damming or diversion of a stream.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


riparian rights
The rights, which belong to landowners through whose property a natural watercourse runs, to the benefit of such stream for all purposes to which it can be applied.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


riparian rights
The rights, which belong to landowners through whose property a natural watercourse runs, to the benefit of such stream for all purposes to which it can be applied.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

riparian rights
n.
   the right of the owner of the land forming the bank of a river or stream to use water from the waterway on the land, such as for drinking water or irrigation. State laws vary as to the extent of the rights, but controversy exists as to the extent of riparian rights for diversion of water to sell to others, for industrial purposes, to mine the land under the water for gravel or minerals or for docks and marinas. Consistent in these questions is that a riparian owner may not act to deny riparian rights to the owner of downstream properties along the waterway, meaning the water may not be dammed and channelled away from its natural course.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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