Sand Rights A Legal System to Protect The Shores of the Beach

by Katherine E. Stone, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, Los, Angeles, CA, USA,
Benjamin S. Kaufman, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, Los, Angeles, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The legal system of water rights in California is highly developed. So far, however, it has failed to recognize in any comprehensive fashion the importance of the sand which is transported to beaches by streams and littoral currents. This paper argues that a system of 'sand rights' should be integrated into the existing legal framework. A theory of sand rights would require that new water projects be designed and existing projects be reevaluated to mitigate interference with the system which transports sand to the beach.

Subject Headings: Protective structures | Legal affairs | Littoral drift | Soil water | Erosion | Transportation engineering | Rivers and streams | Coastal management | California | United States

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