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Frequently Asked Questions: Buying Land and Water Rights

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Buying Land and Water Rights 

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Legal 

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Interstate & Federal 

Question

I'm buying property in Colorado and there's a stream running through it. Why can't I build a pond and keep all the water running through my land? After all, it's my property!

Answer

Colorado law requires that you have a water right to use waters of the state, even those that run through your property. Colorado's water law is based on a system of prior appropriation. This means that a downstream neighbor may have a water right that's older than yours, so you have to let that water flow through your property.
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Created at 6/26/2010 9:33 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/26/2010 9:33 AM  by System Account