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Main Title Water Resources Laws for Virginia.
Author Walke, William R. ; Co, William E. ;
CORP Author Virginia Polytechnic Inst., Blacksburg. Water Resources Research Center.
Year Published 1968
Report Number VPI-WRRC-Bull-9; OWRR-A-088-VA; A-088-VA(1),; 05533
Stock Number PB-206 986
Additional Subjects ( Water resources ; Water law) ; ( Virginia ; Water resources) ; Underground streams ; Percolation ; Surface waters ; Water rights ; Surface water runoff ; Tidewater ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-206 986 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 191p
There are two accepted doctrines governing rights to percolating waters: (1) absolute ownership; (2) reasonable use. At present, the only generally accepted legal principle concerning the use of percolating water is that any reasonable, legitimate use of one's land which interferes with the flow of percolating waters to another's land produces no liability. Virginia purports to follow the 'common enemy' doctrine which permits each landowner to fight off surface water as best as he can. The legal principles applicable to underground watercourses are almost identical to those which apply to surface watercourses. The primary difference concerns the requirements for establishing the existence and location of an underground watercourse. (Author)