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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 25, 1989 in Wyoming v. United States

Byron R. White:

But does every... does every state have a mechanism for saying if you don't use your water right, you lose it?

Michael Douglas White:

In one way or the other every state has either an abandonment or a forfeiture statute, Your Honor.

Byron R. White:

But it takes some time, though, doesn't it?

Michael Douglas White:

That's right.

It... every... I know of none where the period is less than five years, and several where the period is as much as ten.

If there are no further questions, that's all I have, Your Honor.

William H. Rehnquist:

Thank you, Mr. White.

The case is submitted.