Lucas & Company, LLC

Water Boundaries

Water Boundaries: Half Day or Full Day (Nominally 4.0 or 8.0 Contact Hours)
This seminar will cover the basic concepts behind water boundaries and how those concepts affect the private practice land surveyor. The history of water boundaries will be discussed including the “equal footing” doctrine, “navigability,” “submerged lands,” “mean high tide,” “high water mark,” “low water mark,” and other issues affecting the identification and location of the boundary between the upland owner and submerged lands belonging to the sovereign. The common law and civil law rules with regard to water boundaries will be studied. The riparian and littoral rights of the upland owner and the problems facing the boundary surveyor will be studied. The problems associated with the projection of upland boundaries into water bodies (“riparian boundaries”) will be studied. The navigational servitude of the United States and the state will be discussed and explained. Ample cases studies will be examined to flesh-out the relevant issues. Power Point presentation.
OBJECTIVES: To enhance professional competency and improve practitioner’s knowledge of the law as it relates to the practice of land surveying.