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Riparian property right

Definition

A property right held by an owner of land that borders on a stream or river that governs use of the water flowing by the property. The natural flow theory prevents riparian landowners from diverting water from its natural course. The reasonable-use doctrine allows a riparian landowner to divert the water for his own use if the diversion does only a limited amount of injury to other riparian landowners.

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