Department of Natural Resources Water Administration
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Water Rights Adjudication Brochure (October 2006)
"Each appropriation shall be determined in its priority and amount by the time at which it is made and the amount of water which the works are constructed to carry. An appropriator shall at no time be entitled to the use of more than he or she can beneficially use for the purposes for which the appropriation has been made…" (§ 46-231)
"There shall be one or more division engineers acting for the Department of Water Resources to administer the public water of the state in the water divisions created by section 46-215. Such a division engineer, acting for the Department of Water Resources, shall have the immediate direction and control of the distribution of water in such manner as shall be directed by the Department." (§ 46-218)