prior appropriation

Definition

A concept of water ownership in which the landowner's right to use available water is based on a government-administered permit system.

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The prior appropriation was a really interesting concept to me and I took my time trying to figure it out.

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You should try to make sure that you work a prior appropriation in to any contract so that you can use the water.

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The prior appropriation of the water reserves on their California priority was very, very limited and it needed to be regulated.

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