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Regulatory and Permitting Information Desktop Toolkit

Bulk Transmission Water Access & Water Rights Overview (19)

Water access and water rights are predominantly governed by state law. A developer may require water for such uses as dust suppression for roads, construction activities, drilling operations, extraction of resources, plant cooling operations, etc.


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.

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.


Water Access & 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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