reasonable use theory

reasonable use theory

Riparian owners (owners of land located beside a river or stream) may make reasonable use of the water flowing past their land for either natural or artificial wants, but may not use it in such a manner as to affect the quality or quantity of water available to downstream owners.Contrast with prior appropriation theory.

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