Nebraska has a “first in time, first in right” appropriation policy in place for water withdrawal or use from natural sources. This policy states that the first person or entity using water for a beneficial purpose (e.g., commercial, personal, industrial) is entitled to keep using that water; the rights of subsequent water users follow a similar pattern, and only the remaining water may be used by “junior” users. Nebraska's law additionally states that water which is already appropriated is subject to further allocation for recovery and beneficial use, while unappropriated water is taken as the property of the public and dedicated to the use of the people of the state, subject to appropriation. In most cases, appropriated water may only be returned to the river or stream out of which it was taken. This section describes application procedures for water appropriation and other relevant regulations. .