The use of the waters of this state for irrigation, mining and manufacturing purposes shall be deemed a public use. Article XXI was drafted by the state constitutional convention’s five-member Committee on Water and Water Rights, which first met on July 9, 1889. Many delegates were interested in the development of much more detailed constitutional language regarding water rights, and there was also active debate between those who favored protecting riparian water rights and those who favored ensuring a general public right to water. The committee submitted three...
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