85-2-131. Application for change of watercourse name. (1) All applications for the change of name of any watercourse or natural source of water supply, including natural streams, dry coulees, springs, lakes, rivers, or creeks which lie wholly within the limits of one county must be made to the district court of the county where the watercourse or other natural source of water supply, the name of which is proposed to be changed, or some part thereof is situated. The petition must state in ordinary and concise language:
(a) a description of the watercourse or other natural source of water supply, the name of which is proposed to be changed, identifying the same as near as may be by natural monuments;
(b) the present name of the stream or other natural source of water supply and the name to which the petitioners desire the same to be changed, together with the reasons for the desired change of name;
(c) the names of all persons or corporations owning real estate abutting upon or water rights upon the same whose titles appear of record in the office of the county clerk and recorder in the county in which the watercourse or other natural source of water supply, or some part thereof, is situated.
(2) The petition must be signed by not less than 10 owners of real property abutting upon said watercourse or other natural source of water supply or owning water rights upon the same.
(3) The insufficiency of the petition in any of the above respects shall not be held to defeat the jurisdiction of the court.
History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 101, L. 1911; re-en. Sec. 9968, R.C.M. 1921; re-en. Sec. 9968, R.C.M. 1935; R.C.M. 1947, 93-100-6.