Reflections on Western Water Law

Sax, Joseph L.
May 2007
Ecology Law Quarterly;2007, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p299
Academic Journal
The author discusses his observations regarding water laws. He discusses how water law emphasized public ownership of water sources and suggests a legal decision regarding the diversion of water from Mono Lake in California changed how water laws and the public trust doctrine were interpreted. He comments that changing definitions of beneficial use as compared to commercial use may create disputes over property rights regarding water. The author suggests that not all social transitions requires government compensation to those affected and suggests society can adapt to changes.


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