Definitions for "BENEFICIAL USE"
A use of water resulting in appreciable gain or benefit to the user, consistent with state law, which varies from one state to another.
The role that the government decides a water body will fulfill. Examples of these uses include healthy fish and wildlife populations, fish consumption, aesthetic value, safe drinking water sources, and healthy phytoplankton and zooplankton communities. Restoring beneficial uses is the primary goal of the Remedial Action Plans for the Areas of Concern and of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Uses of the Great Lakes that are valued by society, such as water quality that is suitable for drinking, swimming, agricultural, and industrial uses; healthy fish and wildlife populations which support a broad range of subsistence, sport, and commercial uses; and aesthetics. See also "Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement," "Lakewide Management Plans," and "Remedial Action Plans."
Beneficial use is the basis, measure, and limit of a water right. Colorado law broadly defines beneficial use of water as a lawful appropriation that uses reasonably efficient practices to put that water to use without waste.
Use of a product with a defined benefit, such as biosolids used as soil amendment. Disposal, such as landfilling or incineration, is not beneficial use.
The ability of living organisms to use the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem without adverse consequence (includes the 14 uses identified in Annex 2 of the GLWQA).
Reuse of residual waste if the use does not threaten public health, safety, welfare, or the environment.