Can groundwater rights be separated from the land rights?

In most cases groundwater is a resource found beneath private lands. The owners of the land assume they have the ownership of the water found in the aquifers below their lands. However, ground water aquifer is a common resource that benefits and/ or affects larger populations.

Are there any policies about separating land rights from groundwater rights?
Could you please share your thoughts and publications on the topic?

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Subrat