What is the Difference Between the Prior Appropriations Doctrine And the Riparian Doctrine?
Water is an important resource. The two main doctrines in water law are the Prior Appropriations Doctrine (the Riparian Doctrine) and the Prior Appropriations Doctrine (the Prior Appropriations Doctrine). They offer different methods to manage and allocate it. It is important to be aware of the differences between these doctrines, which have developed over time. Originating in England, the Riparian Doctrine states that landowners who are located near a natural waterway have the right to make use of the water provided it is done in reasonable ways. It is believed that every riparian owner should be equally benefitted from the water and that the water should not waste or be overused. Originating in America, the Prior Appropriations Doctrine states that only the person who uses the water for beneficial purposes has the right and all other users must respect the rights of the prior users. This doctrine is founded on the belief that water should be used economically and efficiently as it is a limited resource. There is a major difference between the two doctrines. The Riparian Doctrine gives water rights to landowners, while Prior Appropriations Doctrine grants water rights to those who have used water the most (Chu 2016,).