The Nevada Supreme Court considered whether the public trust doctrine permits reallocating rights already adjudicated and settled under the doctrine of prior appropriation. The Court held that the public trust doctrine does not permit reallocating water rights already adjudicated and settled under the doctrine of prior appropriation. The Court also held that Nevada’s water statutes are consistent with the public trust doctrine and that it applies to all waters within the state.
Bathke, Brady, "Mineral County v. Lyon County, 136 Nev. Adv. Op. 58 (Sept. 17, 2020)" (2020). Nevada Supreme Court Summaries. 1342.