Riparian Rights – Reliction

Under the doctrine of reliction, the upland landowner takes title to lands uncovered by the gradual recession of the water. 101 Ranch v. U.S., 905 F.2d 180 (8th Cir. 1990). See Bear v. United States, 611 F.Supp. 589 (D.C. Neb. 1985), aff’d, 810 F.2d 153 (8th Cir. 1987).

Where by process of accretion and reliction, or either, the water of a river gradually recedes, changing the channel of the stream and leaving the land dry that was theretofore covered by water, such land belongs to the riparian owner. Monument Farms, Inc. v. Daggett, 2 Neb. App. 988, 520 N.W.2d 556 (1994); Krumwiede v. Rose, 177 Neb. 570, 129 N.W.2d 491 (1964). See alsoState v. Matzen, 197 Neb. 592, 250 N.W.2d 232 (1977); Worm v. Crowell, 165 Neb. 713, 87 N.W.2d 384 (1958); Burket v. Krimlofski, 167 Neb. 45, 91 N.W.2d 57 (1958); Conkey v. Knudsen, 143 Neb. 5, 8 N.W.2d 538 (1943); Frank v. Smith, 138 Neb. 382, 293 N.W. 329 (1940).