ISBN-10:
0471179299
ISBN-13:
9780471179290
Pub. Date:
04/28/1997
Publisher:
Wiley
Water Boundaries / Edition 1

Water Boundaries / Edition 1

by George M. Cole

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ISBN-13: 9780471179290
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Series: Wiley Series in Surveying and Boundary Control Series , #4
Pages: 208
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 xi

1 Tidal Sovereign/Upland Water Boundaries 1

1.1 Background and History 1

1.2 Boundary Definitions in Tidal Waters 2

1.3 Techniques for Locating Tidal Boundaries 7

1.4 Case Studies 46

2 Nontidal Sovereign/Upland Water Boundaries 57

2.1 Background and History 57

2.2 Boundary Definitions in Nontidal Waters 58

2.3 Techniques for Locating Nontidal Boundaries 60

2.4 Case Studies 67

3 Riparian rights Related to Sovereign/Upland Boundaries 83

3.1 Division Lines for Rights within Adjacent Waters 84

3.2 Rights of Upland Owners to Newly Formed Land 90

4 Historic Boundary Location 93

4.1 Shoreline Changes 93

4.2 Techniques for Locating historic Shorelines 94

4.3 Sources of Information for Historic Shorelines 96

4.4 Interpretation of Historic Shoreline Maps and Surveys 101

5 Use of Government Land Office Meander Lines as Boundaries 105

5.1 Introduction 105

5.2 To Meander or Not to Meander 106

5.3 Location of Meander Lines 109

6 Which Waters Are Sovereign? 113

6.1 General Criteria 113

6.2 Navigability-in-Fact v. Navigability-in-Law 114

6.3 Nonnavigable Coves and Tributaries 116

6.4 Floodplains Adjoining Navigable Waters 118

7 Boundaries between Water Bodies 123

7.1 Introduction 123

7.2 Boundaries between Adjacent Navigable Water Bodies 124

7.3 Limits of Tidal Influence 135

8 State and Federal Water Boundaries 137

8.1 Background and History 137

8.2 Boundary Definitions 138

8.3 Techniques for Locating State/Federal Water Boundaries 142

9 Lateral Water Boundaries of States 145

9.1 Types of Lateral Boundaries 145

9.2 Construction of Equidistant and Median Lines 148

9.3 Proportionality 153

9.4 Case Study 154

10 National Water Boundaries 161

10.1 Historic Overview 161

10.2 Baselines for National Boundaries 163

10.3 Techniques for Locating National Boundaries 165

11 Boundaries in Nonsovereign Waters 167

11.1 Introduction 167

11.2 Boundaries in Streams 168

11.3 Boundaries in Lakes 170

11.4 Changes in Nonsovereign Water Boundaries 172

Appendix Specifications for Mean High Water Line Surveys 173

References 181

Law Case Citations 187

Index 191

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