After a short break from blogging, I have decided to make a comeback writing about a subject near and dear to my heart, that being water law. There are few areas of law that are defined by access to a particular resource and especially a resource of such catastrophic importance and variety of needs it fills. Aside from the obvious quenching of our thirst, it grows our crops, provides a habitat for fish, and satisfies recreational and aesthetic needs. The list goes on and on.
Water is one of the most plentiful substances on the planet, but it is precious because there never enough water of the right quality, in the right place, at the right time. Water might be little thought of on the coasts, but in the central United States, the competition for access to water resources is fierce.
Because of the inequalities in access to water found throughout the United States, American jurisdictions have developed radically different methods of allocating the resources: riparian, prior appropriation and hybrid.
Next time, we will start to go over these different types of law showing just how differently we have dealt with the allocation of water.