Illinois Water Law: Common-Law Foundations and Statutory Adjustments
20 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 27, 2012
This piece explores Illinois’ common law of water, including a review of its English and colonial antecedents, and of some statutory extensions and modifications of that common law. It then proposes some reforms to the state’s common law of water, reforms designed to render the law more responsive to current and future scarcity concerns, and to permit minimal reliance on statutory systems of administrative allocation of water.
Keywords: water, common law, natural resources, environmental law, property law
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