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WVU College of Law


This publication consists of two tables with information regarding water rights among the states. Table 1 summarizes each state’s common law water rights for both surface and percolating ground water, as well as whether the state has statutory rules that modify the common law rule. Table 2 briefly summarizes the type of regulated riparian requirements, the threshold at which the requirements apply, grandfathered water withdrawals and exemptions for those states that have regulated riparian rules.

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Agricultural & Food Law Consortium

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Richardson, J. J., Aloi, I. (Graduate Student) (2017). Water Rights Table. Fayetteville, Arkansas: National Agricultural Law Center.


This table is included in the Research Repository @ WVU with the permission of the National Agricultural Law Center.

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Water Law Commons



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