riparian right

In law, the right of one who owns riparian land (land abutting or including a stream or river) to have access to and use of the shore and water. These rights are a form of real property (see real and personal property) and are inherited with the land. A landowner whose property abuts an ocean, sea, lake, or pond is said to possess littoral rights. Specific water-use laws vary from state to state.

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