Virginia Coastal Policy Center


This paper first provides a brief overview of the two main water rights doctrines: riparian rights in the east, and prior appropriation in the west, with special emphasis on Virginia’s and California’s water laws. This paper next looks at particularly relevant water supply solutions, including bringing the agriculture industry to the table, implementing aquifer storage and recovery and groundwater trading programs, embracing “One Water” plans, and expanding water budgeting laws in the state. Each section first examines the actions that Virginia has already undertaken, before highlighting examples of success in the west and making recommendations for ways in which Virginia can ensure an adequate water supply for Virginians in the future.

This abstract has been taken from the author's introduction.

Document Type

Water Quality, Water Quantity, and Marine Debris

Publication Date

Spring 2019