Latest Water right Stories

2008-09-19 09:00:20

Utah public water suppliers trying to plan for future decades struggle with the arid state's always-uncertain future for precipitation, but they may soon have a tool that gives them more time to sort through the complicated realm of water rights. Draft legislation by Rep. Patrick Painter, R-Nephi, aims to give the state engineer authority to grant extensions on the time it takes to consider water-rights applications from suppliers such as Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District or Central...

2008-08-26 03:00:31

By Janice Francis-Smith In January 2006, physician Richard Stansberry appeared before the Oklahoma County Planning Commission. He was there to explain what was happening with a plan to build a single-family, residential subdivision on a parcel of land he had owned for decades. "Dr. Richard Stansberry, area landowner, stated that the water rights had been a problem for quite a while," read the minutes from the meeting. "Mr. Stansberry stated that the water right issue was still a problem...

2008-07-15 12:00:00

By Erica F. Curless, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 15--North Idaho residents with questions about the controversial process of sorting out who owns what water rights are invited to a series of town hall meetings next week. The state Department of Water Resources will have seven meetings in Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties, starting Monday in Wallace and wrapping up July 24 in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls. "These meetings provide an opportunity for people to learn...

2008-06-15 03:00:12

By Kozlowski, James C Landowners claim that structure interferes with their 'right to a view.' Generally, a property owner whose property abuts a lake, river, or stream possesses certain riparian rights, a bundle of rights that turns on the physical relationship of a body of water to the land abutting it. These rights pertain to the use of water in a waterway adjoining the owner's property. Riparian rights of the owners of lands fronting navigable waters are derived from common law as...

2007-11-25 03:00:21

By Ghoshray, Saby The biosphere is a biosphere because it is a hydrosphere. The planet's hydrological cycle is a water democracy-a system of distributing water for all species-for the rain forest in the Amazon, the desert life in the Sahara. Nature does not distribute water uniformly. It distributes it equitably. Uniformity would mean each part of the planet has the same amount of precipitation, in the same quantity, and the same pattern. It would mean the same plants grow across the...

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