Bulk Transmission Water Access and Water Rights Overview (19)
In the western United States, surface water rights are most often governed by a system of prior appropriation, which allocates rights by priority based on the date of application to a beneficial use; first in time, first in right. While in the eastern United States, surface water rights are governed by a system of riparian rights, which allocates rights based on property ownership adjacent to a body of water.
Depending on the situation and demands of a project a developer may seek water from a lease-holder, a municipality, or a permanent water right. Water rights are typically divided into ground water rights and surface water rights.
Water Access and Water Rights Overview Process
19.1 to 19.3 - Will Water Be Required for the Project?
The project may require water for such activities as dust suppression, site construction, well development, well operations, injection, etc.
Currently, the RAPID Toolkit does not have specific content regarding state water right and water access processes for transmission development.
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