Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Abstract

Under the reserved water rights doctrine, lands the federal government has designated for a particular purpose have rights to sufficient water to fulfill that purpose. Reserved water rights are also known as Winters rights after the doctrine's foundational case, in which the United States Supreme Court held that Congress must have intended to reserve sufficient water to irrigate an Indian reservation although the treaty establishing that reservation said nothing about water.

Publication Title

University of Denver Water Law Review

Volume

13

Issue

2

First Page

229

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Law Commons

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