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Riparian Rights IV



Riparian Rights IV – 1.5 Contact Hours
The case-in-chief is Orr v. Mortvedt, Iowa Supreme Court 2007. This case explores riparian rights under both the civil law rule and the common law rule. When an abandoned quarry fills up with water creating an artificial lake, and the quarry owner divides and sells the quarry land, including the submerged lands, what rights do the property owners have to the use of the lake? The court goes into detail on both theories of riparian rights (civil and common law) and explains its ultimate use of the common law rule in deciding the case. This is a 2-Page Letter covering 1 Court Opinion consisting of 11 pages. This 13-Page document has a 10-Question examination based on the text of the newsletter and the case-in-chief.

OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.