Historic, pre-1914 water rights in California are the target of proposed legislation that has the potential to upend longstanding water rights relied upon by farmers and water districts.
The right to use a groundwater well in a New Mexico ghost town was partially forfeited, following a state supreme court ruling.
The United States has sued the State of Idaho over the state's forfeiture procedures for water rights on public lands.
Groundwater in New Mexico is subject to prior appropriation, like surface water in the western states. The issue of non-use can mean the forfeiture or abandonment of the groundwater right, and that...