Litigating the Invisible Boundaries of Tidelands and Wetlands

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by Alfred A. Porro, Jr., Univ of Baltimore Sch of Law, Baltimore, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85:

Abstract: The author urges uniformity in standards for establishing the two invisible lines that are dominant in coastal law, i. e. , the main high water line and the wetlands line. A high degree of variety and confusion exist. Although the legal expression of the definition of these two lines, on the surface, appears to be simple, indeed in the context of litigation they are a tidy mess. The author urges more communication and coordination between the worlds of Law, Science and Technology to effectuate this purpose. The litigated cases regarding the establishing of the mean high water line for title purposes is reviewed.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Water level | Litigation | Sea water | Water policy | Aquatic habitats |

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