Join Rachael Lipinski at Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation's Water Law Institute, where she will address trends among western states to respond to the tension created by exceptions that allow water rights holders to avoid losing a water right for nonuse.
Under the prior appropriation doctrine followed by most western states, beneficial use requirements and anti-speculation laws are aimed at reducing the hoarding of water rights for speculative purposes. But at the same time, abandonment and forfeiture laws act as a disincentive for water conservation. Now, at a time when water resources throughout the West have largely been appropriated and climate change is impacting sources of water supply, the requirement to show continuing, ongoing beneficial use of water conflicts with the need to incentivize water conservation.
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