This section is also classified to sections 51 and 52 of Title 30, Mineral Lands and Mining.
Pub. L. 94–579, title VII, § 706(a),
“Whenever, by priority of possession, rights to the use of water for mining, agricultural, manufacturing, or other purposes, have vested and accrued, and the same are recognized and acknowledged by the local customs, laws, and the decisions of courts, the possessors and owners of such vested rights shall be maintained and protected in the same.
“All patents granted, or preemption or homesteads allowed, shall be subject to any vested and accrued water rights as may have been acquired under or recognized by this section.”
Such amendment not to be construed as terminating any valid lease, permit, patent, etc., existing on
Provisions of this section as not amended, modified or repealed by the Submerged Lands Act, see section 1303 of this title.