riparian rights

Definition of "riparian rights"
  1. Permissions that landowners with property alongside a river or stream have to use the water in specific ways, provided that their usage does not disrupt downstream riparian landowners by blocking or diverting the water flow
How to use "riparian rights" in a sentence
  1. His riparian rights allow him to create a dock on the river.
  2. The farmer relied on her riparian rights for irrigation.
  3. Their riparian rights were put into question because the water diversion changed the river's flow for properties downstream.

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