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Spear T Ranch, Inc. v. Knaub
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The term “surface water” refers to all waters found on the earth’s surface. Conversely, “ground water” is defined as water that occurs or moves, seeps, filters, or percolates through the ground under the surface of the land. Spear T Ranch, Inc. (Plaintiff) used surface water from a nearby stream to irrigate crops and feed livestock. Plaintiffsued adjacent landowner Melvin Knaub (Defendant), claiming that Defendant pumped ground water from the creek and deprived Plaintiff of its surface water appropriations by significantly depleting the creek’s water supply. Plaintiff sought injunctive relief and damages for trespass and conversion. The trial court dismissed Plaintiff’s complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim. Plaintiff appealed.
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