Surface and Subterranean Water Rights

(This is the final part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) When I was a boy a neighbor of ours built a wooden fence around his horse pasture. It had large posts and wide rails, and was painted with dark paint right down to the ground. When spring came...

Docking and Mooring Regulations on Canandaigua Lake

(This is the second part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) After my freshman year of college I spent two years living in Honduras. I was exposed to an entirely new culture and witnessed firsthand the harsh economic realities faced by many people....

Public and Private Rights on Canandaigua Lake

(This is the first part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) Usable fresh water is one of our most important and limited natural resources. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that less than 1% of the Earth’s water is...