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Regulated Riparianism and the Convergence of Eastern and Western Water Law with Professor Bo Abrams [PODCAST]
Regulated Riparianism and the Convergence of Eastern and Western Water Law with Professor Bo Abrams [PODCAST]

Robert “Bo” Abrams is a professor of law at Florida A&M University’s College of Law, and he explains in clear detail how water law in the Eastern U.S. has developed over time from the English common law to riparianism in its several forms. It’s a fascinating look at how economics, climate, municipal growth and other factors shape the development of the law. Bo also posits that Eastern U.S. water law is moving closer to Western U.S. water law through riparianism’s evolution to its current state. And Western U.S. water law is converging on Eastern U.S. water law, too, and Bo identifies how that movement is progressing and what issues lie ahead as Eastern and Western U.S. water law converge.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • How traditional English water law has evolved
  • The stressors pushing traditional, reasonable use riparian water law toward regulated riparian water law
  • How economics shapes water law
  • Different types water rights
  • Riparian water rights
  • Littoral water rights
  • The states that first adopted regulated riparianism and how those models differed
  • The characteristics of regulated riparianism
  • How Eastern water law and Western water law are converging
  • How Eastern water law and Western water law continue to be divergent

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