"Surface water" is a term used to describe water that occurs "on the surface of the earth in places other than definite streams or lakes or ponds."' The primary sources of surface water are falling rain and melting snow, but it may originate from any source. This Comment is not meant to explore some new aspect of surface water law, as there is seemingly no area left untouched by scholars. Instead, this Comment is meant to update the status of surface water law in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. It will also touch upon the current approach of Missouri concerning surface water law. This Comment is not a comprehensive guide to the intricacies of surface water law. Instead, it will provide the practitioner with a status report of the law as it appears today and with an explanation of the trends in this area of the law.

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