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riparian right

noun, Law.
1.
a right, as fishing or use of water for irrigation or power, enjoyed by a person who owns riparian property.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • The riparian right lines fall along the bisector of the angles created by the chords.
  • The riparian right does not extend to seasonal storage of water.
  • Water claimed through a riparian right must be used on the riparian parcel.
  • Unlike appropriative users, riparian right holders were not required to put water to reasonable and beneficial use.
  • The court then examined what this riparian right to use water entailed.
  • Water used under a riparian right can be used only on the riparian land and cannot be extended to another property.
  • In almost all jurisdictions, there is no legal riparian right to a dock of any size.
  • Whether or not a riparian right exists depends on the laws of each state.
  • The date that a riparian right claim is made is irrelevant and the right is not lost if the use is discontinued.

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