May 4, 2018 12 p.m. PST | Online Webcast | Tuition: Free

Want an introduction to (or refresher overview of) the prior appropriation doctrine and how users of surface water establish water rights under that doctrine?


During this one-hour webinar, esteemed faculty Professor Robin Craig of the University of Utah will work through the basic tenets, rules, and terminology of prior appropriation, including a bit of history of why and how western states adopted prior appropriation in the first place.

It will explore such issues as:

  1. Where did prior appropriation come from?
  2. How did different western states come to adopt prior appropriation?
  3. What do we mean by “first in time, first in right”?
  4. How does a water user establish an actual water right?
  5. What is beneficial use and why does it matter?
  6. What are the components of an appropriative water right?
  7. Why is priority important, especially during drought?
  8. What does it mean when a “senior water rights holder” “calls the river”?