A property owner may withdraw as much water as he likes from beneath the surface of his property without liability, even if it withdraws water from underneath his neighbor’s property. “First in time, first in right.”
a. Resources will be used up.
b. Leads to overinvestment in capture technology.
c. Example - Ozarka
averages 60m thick
-Underneath Great Plains
-Makes agriculture productive(Breadbasket of US)
- big concern: Is being depleted (irrigation for crops)