The Prior Appropriation System in Western Water Law: The Law Viewed Through the Example of the Rio Grande Basin
Summer Conference (6th: 1985: Boulder, Colo.)
Corbridge, James N. Jr. and Wilkinson, Charles F., "The Prior Appropriation System in Western Water Law: The Law Viewed Through the Example of the Rio Grande Basin" (1985). Western Water Law in Transition (Summer Conference, June 3-5).
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The prior appropriation doctrine has governed the allocation and use of water in the western United States since the 1850s. The shifting nature of water demand is bringing about changes in the traditional legal system. This conference will consider the fundamental principles of the prior appropriation doctrine together with the important new developments in the law now underway throughout the West.