Hoover v. Crane

106 N.W.2d 563 (1960)

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Hoover v. Crane

Michigan Supreme Court
106 N.W.2d 563 (1960)

Facts

Crane (defendant) owned a farm that abutted Hutchins Lake. In 1958, the summer was very dry and the lake’s water level was the lowest that it had been in recent memory. Crane used water from the lake to irrigate his farm. Hoover (plaintiff) owned a resort next to the lake. The reduction in water level had caused severe difficulties for Hoover’s guests who sought to boat and swim. Hoover sued Crane, claiming that Crane’s pumping water from the lake to irrigate his farm had caused a six- to eight-inch drop in the water level. The circuit court found that the reduction in water level was caused much more by abnormal weather than by Crane’s use of the water. The circuit court issued a decree that Crane had a right to reasonable use of the water and permitted Crane to pump the equivalent of up to one-quarter inch in depth of the lake during each dry period. Hoover appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Edwards, J.)

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