water course

A running stream of water; a natural stream fed from permanent or natural sources, including rivers, creeks, runs, and rivulets. There must be a stream, usually flowing in a particular direction, though it need not flow continuously. It may sometimes be dry. It must flow in a definite channel, having a bed or banks, and usually discharges itself into some other stream or body of water. It must be something more than a mere surface drainage over the entire face of the tract of land, occasioned by unusual freshets or other extraordinary causes. Duckworth v. Williams, 238 S.W.2d 234, 386 S.W.2d 234, 235.
A water course, in the legal meaning of the word, does not consist merely of the stream as it flows within the banks which form its channel in ordinary stages of water, but the stream still retains its character as a water course when, in times of ordinary high water, the stream extending beyond its own banks, is accustomed to flow down over the adjacent lowlands in a broader but still definable stream. Atchison, T. & S. F. Ry. Co. v. Hadley, 168 Okl. 588, 35 P.2d 463, 466.
Water flowing underground in a known and well defined channel is not "percolating water", but constitutes a "water course", and is governed by law applicable to "surface streams", rather than by law applicable to percolating waters. Bull v. Siegrist, 169 Or. 180, 126 P.2d 832, 834.
@ natural water course
A natural stream flowing in a defined bed or channel; one formed by the natural flow of the water, as determined by the general superficies or conformation of the surrounding country, as distinguished from an "artificial" water course, formed by the work of man, such as a ditch or canal

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Water course — Wa ter course 1. A stream of water; a river or brook. Isa. xliv. 4. [1913 Webster] 2. A natural channel for water; also, a canal for the conveyance of water, especially in draining lands. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) A running stream of water having a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • water course —    Any channel conveying water [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • water-course — noun : a layer of defective or poor quality concrete (as in a wall) caused by the accumulation of excess mixing water and fine material at the surface of a pour …   Useful english dictionary

  • water course — see watercourse …   English dictionary

  • water-course — n. 1. Stream, brook, river. 2. Canal, drain, trench, ditch, channel, fosse, moat, sewer, leat …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • ancient water course — A water course is ancient if the channel through which it naturally runs has existed from time immemorial independent of the quantity of water which it discharges. Earl v. De Hart, 12 N.J.Eq. 280 …   Black's law dictionary

  • artificial water course — See water course …   Black's law dictionary

  • irregular water course — See intermittent water course …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Teesside White Water Course — External links * Official website [http://www.4seasons.co.uk/] …   Wikipedia

  • éagang [ae·gang] m (-es/-as) a water-course — m ( es/ as), f ( e/ a) a ringworm, tetter …   Old to modern English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.