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A comprehensive guide to all legal and technical aspects of water boundaries.
Water Boundaries is a single-source guide to all critical legal and technical water boundary issues. An indispensable resource for surveyors, political geographers, public land managers, attorneys, developers, real estate professionals, and students in these and other related fields, this book provides:
- In-depth discussions of the legal issues surrounding all types of water boundaries
- The full range of modern methods of precise water boundary locationDetailed technical specifications for mean high water line surveys
- Relevant algorithms and mathematical formulas
- Illustrative real-world case studies
Water boundaries are perhaps the oldest and most widely used of man's boundaries. Yet, despite this long history of usage, water boundaries are probably the most frequently and bitterly contested boundaries in today's society. Because shorelines and bodies of water are dynamic rather than static, knotty technical and legal disagreements over water boundaries invariably crop up. Recent land use practices have created a growing demand for precisely located and legally defensible water boundaries. As a consequence, the need for a single-source professional reference such as this has never been greater.
Water Boundaries is a comprehensive reference devoted exclusively to this highly specialized area. Written for surveyors and engineers, as well as legal and real estate professionals, it provides in-depth discussions of the legal issues surrounding each type of water boundary while describing the full range of modern methods for precisely locating them.
This volume covers all types of water boundaries, including division lines between private uplands and public submerged lands in both tidal and nontidal waters, lateral division lines between adjacent riparian ownerships, boundaries between state and federal waters, and offshore international boundaries.
For technical specialists, the author provides detailed specifications for mean high water line surveys, as well as all relevant mathematics, including formulas for calculating tidal data and predicting optimum placement of tide gauges, analytical techniques for estimating high water in nontidal bodies of water, and the use of coordinate geometry in constructing equidistant and median lines.
Technical and nontechnical readers alike will appreciate the many illustrative real-world case studies scattered throughout the book.
Water Boundaries is an indispensable resource for surveyors, public land managers, attorneys, developers, and real estate professionals, and for all those involved in land planning, offshore mineral extraction, and other related fields.
|Series:||Wiley Series in Surveying and Boundary Control Series , #4|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
GEORGE M. COLE is a registered land surveyor and civil engineer, specializing in riparian and maritime boundaries and geodesy. Mr. Cole was first exposed to water boundaries while serving as an officer of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. He subsequently served as the Florida State Cadastral Surveyor and as owner/manager of a surveying and engineering consulting firm specializing in water boundaries. Currently, he coordinates consultant contracting for the Florida Department of Transportation. Mr. Cole received a BS from Tulane University and an MS from Florida State University. A prolific writer, he is the author of several surveying texts, and his numerous articles have appeared in both professional journals and law reviews.
Table of Contents
Preface xi1 Tidal Sovereign/Upland Water Boundaries 11.1 Background and History 11.2 Boundary Definitions in Tidal Waters 21.3 Techniques for Locating Tidal Boundaries 71.4 Case Studies 46
2 Nontidal Sovereign/Upland Water Boundaries 57
2.1 Background and History 572.2 Boundary Definitions in Nontidal Waters 582.3 Techniques for Locating Nontidal Boundaries 602.4 Case Studies 67
3 Riparian rights Related to Sovereign/Upland Boundaries 83
3.1 Division Lines for Rights within Adjacent Waters 843.2 Rights of Upland Owners to Newly Formed Land 90
4 Historic Boundary Location 93
4.1 Shoreline Changes 934.2 Techniques for Locating historic Shorelines 944.3 Sources of Information for Historic Shorelines 964.4 Interpretation of Historic Shoreline Maps and Surveys 101
5 Use of Government Land Office Meander Lines as Boundaries 105
5.1 Introduction 1055.2 To Meander or Not to Meander 1065.3 Location of Meander Lines 109
6 Which Waters Are Sovereign? 113
6.1 General Criteria 1136.2 Navigability-in-Fact v. Navigability-in-Law 1146.3 Nonnavigable Coves and Tributaries 1166.4 Floodplains Adjoining Navigable Waters 118
7 Boundaries between Water Bodies 1237.1 Introduction 1237.2 Boundaries between Adjacent Navigable Water Bodies 1247.3 Limits of Tidal Influence 135
8 State and Federal Water Boundaries 137
8.1 Background and History 1378.2 Boundary Definitions 1388.3 Techniques for Locating State/Federal Water Boundaries 1429 Lateral Water Boundaries of States 145
9.1 Types of Lateral Boundaries 1459.2 Construction of Equidistant and Median Lines 1489.3 Proportionality 1539.4 Case Study 154
10 National Water Boundaries 161
10.1 Historic Overview 16110.2 Baselines for National Boundaries 16310.3 Techniques for Locating National Boundaries 165
11 Boundaries in Nonsovereign Waters 167
11.1 Introduction 16711.2 Boundaries in Streams 16811.3 Boundaries in Lakes 17011.4 Changes in Nonsovereign Water Boundaries 172
Appendix Specifications for Mean High Water Line Surveys 173References 181Law Case Citations 187Index 191