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Defining Fishing, The Slippery Seaweed Slope, Ross V. Acadian Seaplants Ltd., Rebecca P. Totten Jun 2019

Defining Fishing, The Slippery Seaweed Slope, Ross V. Acadian Seaplants Ltd., Rebecca P. Totten

Ocean and Coastal Law Journal

In Maine, the intertidal zone has seen many disputes over its use, access, and property rights. Recently, in Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, Ltd., the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, sitting as the Law Court, held that rockweed seaweed in the intertidal zone is owned by the upland landowner and is not part of a public easement under the public trust doctrine. The Court held harvesting rockweed is not fishing. This case will impact private and public rights and also the balance between the State's environmental and economic interests. This Comment addresses the following points: first, the characteristics of rockweed and the …


Environmental Protection Through Constitutional Amendment, Robert T. Mann, Richard Jackson Aug 2018

Environmental Protection Through Constitutional Amendment, Robert T. Mann, Richard Jackson

Florida State University Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law

No abstract provided.


Riparian Rights And Public Trust: Enforcement Authority, Reeana Keenen Apr 2018

Riparian Rights And Public Trust: Enforcement Authority, Reeana Keenen

Virginia Coastal Policy Center

In Virginia, private landowners own the land to the Mean Low Water mark (“MLW”), whereas in many coastal states private landowners only own to the high water mark. The bottomlands channelward of the MLW mark in Virginia are governed by the Public Trust Doctrine, meaning that the state holds this land in trust for use by the public. However, use conflicts can arise where private landowners own property adjacent to publicly owned property or where public easements run through private property adjacent to public beach access points.

This Paper will provide a summary of the law regarding private and public …


The Semicommons And Wisconsin Water Quality, David A. Strifling Jan 2018

The Semicommons And Wisconsin Water Quality, David A. Strifling

Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review

From the Great Lakes to pristine northern streams, Wisconsin boasts a plentiful and valuable array of water resources. Yet water stress analyses show that this natural capital is deeply threatened in a variety of ways. The pressure results primarily from human activity, ranging from general overuse to colonization by anthropogenically introduced non-native species. Some of the greatest water quality problems, however, are caused by land use practices that lead to polluted runoff from farm fields and urban settings. The onset of climate change has the potential to further exacerbate all of this. These issues, coupled with the failure of existing …


The Public Trust Doctrine: The Development Of New York’S Doctrine And How It Can Improve, Steven Fink Jan 2018

The Public Trust Doctrine: The Development Of New York’S Doctrine And How It Can Improve, Steven Fink

Touro Law Review

No abstract provided.


Shifting Sands: A Meta-Theory For Public Access And Private Property Along The Coast, Melissa K. Scanlan Mar 2013

Shifting Sands: A Meta-Theory For Public Access And Private Property Along The Coast, Melissa K. Scanlan

Melissa K. Scanlan

Over half the United States population currently lives near a coast. As shorelines are used by more people, developed by private owners, and altered by extreme weather, competition over access to water and beaches will intensify, as will the need for a clearer legal theory capable of accommodating competing private and public interests. One such public interest is to walk along the beach, which seems simple enough. However, beach walking often occurs on this ambulatory shoreline where public rights grounded in the public trust doctrine and private rights grounded in property ownership intersect. To varying degrees, each state has a …


Lawrence V. Clark County And Nevada's Public Trust Doctrine: Reconsidering Water Rights In The Desert, Jason L. Deforest Oct 2012

Lawrence V. Clark County And Nevada's Public Trust Doctrine: Reconsidering Water Rights In The Desert, Jason L. Deforest

Nevada Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Closing The Regulatory Gap In Michigan's Public Trust Doctrine: Saving Michigan Millions With Statutory Reform, Kelsey Breck Sep 2012

Closing The Regulatory Gap In Michigan's Public Trust Doctrine: Saving Michigan Millions With Statutory Reform, Kelsey Breck

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

The Great Lakes are some of Michigan's most valuable and important environmental resources. The public trust doctrine requires Michigan to protect and preserve the lands along the shores of the Great Lakes for the use of future generations. Unfortunately, the public trust doctrine in Michigan is in disarray and as a result, public and private rights to the lands along the Great Lakes are poorly delineated. This Note presents an economic argument for why the public trust doctrine should be reformed to better define public and private rights to the land along Michigan's Great Lakes. It also suggests a statutory …


A Trusting Public: How The Public Trust Doctrine Can Save The New York Forest Preserve, Katherine R. Leisch Dec 2010

A Trusting Public: How The Public Trust Doctrine Can Save The New York Forest Preserve, Katherine R. Leisch

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Student Publications

The public trust doctrine was instituted in England as a permanent limitation on the powers of the Crown. The well-established doctrine was brought to America and applied equally in the states even after the states seceded from England. The doctrine has since served as an indestructible check on the government. Article XIV of the New York State Constitution ensures protection of its wilderness in perpetuity, solidifying the forest preserve as part of the public trust. The paper traces the beginnings of the public trust doctrine and its eventual application Article XIV. The author contemplates the indestructibility of the Forest Preserve …


Slides: Rethinking Western Water Law: Restoring The Public Interest In Western Water Law, Mark Squillace Jun 2009

Slides: Rethinking Western Water Law: Restoring The Public Interest In Western Water Law, Mark Squillace

Western Water Law, Policy and Management: Ripples, Currents, and New Channels for Inquiry (Martz Summer Conference, June 3-5)

Presenter: Mark Squillace, Director, Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado Law School

20 slides


Bridging The Governance Gap: Strategies To Integrate Water And Land Use Planning, Sarah Bates Van De Wetering, University Of Montana (Missoula). Public Policy Research Institute Jun 2008

Bridging The Governance Gap: Strategies To Integrate Water And Land Use Planning, Sarah Bates Van De Wetering, University Of Montana (Missoula). Public Policy Research Institute

Shifting Baselines and New Meridians: Water, Resources, Landscapes, and the Transformation of the American West (Summer Conference, June 4-6)

16 pages.

Includes bibliographical references

"2007"

"Collaborative Governance Report 2"


The Public Trust In Surface Waterways And Submerged Lands Of The Great Lakes States, Bertram C. Frey, Andrew Mutz Jul 2007

The Public Trust In Surface Waterways And Submerged Lands Of The Great Lakes States, Bertram C. Frey, Andrew Mutz

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

The modern public trust doctrine compels each Great Lakes state to protect the sustainable future of the Lakes and to preserve traditional public uses. At the same time, the doctrine constrains the states' powers to allow exploitation of trust resources. This Article provides a brief historical overview of the public trust doctrine in waterways and their submerged lands. It next explores how the eight Great Lakes states have applied the doctrine, discusses the surprising number of differences in the doctrine's development from state to state, and provides comparison charts. After analyzing the variety of approaches used by the eight states …


Walking The Beach To The Core Of Sovereignty: The Historic Basis For The Public Trust Doctrine Applied In Glass V. Goeckel, Robert Haskell Abrams Jul 2007

Walking The Beach To The Core Of Sovereignty: The Historic Basis For The Public Trust Doctrine Applied In Glass V. Goeckel, Robert Haskell Abrams

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

In 2004, a split panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals announced its conclusion that Michigan littoral owners of property owned to the water's very edge and could exclude members of the public from walking on the beach. In that instant almost 3300 miles of the Great Lakes foreshore became, in theory and in law, closed to public use. The case became the leading flash point of controversy between the vast public and ardent private property rights groups. A little more than one year later, the Michigan Supreme Court reversed that ruling as errant on public trust grounds and returned …


Some Preliminary Thoughts On Contrasts And Convergence In Environmental And Natural Resources Law, Karin P. Sheldon Jun 2007

Some Preliminary Thoughts On Contrasts And Convergence In Environmental And Natural Resources Law, Karin P. Sheldon

The Future of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Summer Conference, June 6-8)

16 pages.

Includes bibliographical references


Law Casebook Description And Table Of Contents: Constitutional Environmental And Natural Resources Law [Outline], Jim May, Robin Craig Jun 2007

Law Casebook Description And Table Of Contents: Constitutional Environmental And Natural Resources Law [Outline], Jim May, Robin Craig

The Future of Natural Resources Law and Policy (Summer Conference, June 6-8)

6 pages.

"James May, Widener University School of Law" -- Agenda


Pre-Conference Statement For The Session On “Integrating Environmental, Cultural And Other Values In Water Law And Policy”, David H. Getches, Sarah B. Van De Wetering Jun 2002

Pre-Conference Statement For The Session On “Integrating Environmental, Cultural And Other Values In Water Law And Policy”, David H. Getches, Sarah B. Van De Wetering

Allocating and Managing Water for a Sustainable Future: Lessons from Around the World (Summer Conference, June 11-14)

39 pages.

Contains references (pages 36-39).


Public Trust & Distrust: Theoretical Implications Of The Public Trust Doctrine For Natural Resource Management, Erin Ryan Jan 2001

Public Trust & Distrust: Theoretical Implications Of The Public Trust Doctrine For Natural Resource Management, Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan

This essay reviews the theoretical underpinnings of the public trust doctrine, received at common law and constitutionalized in many states, and explores its contentious reception by green legal theorists. Since Professor Joseph Sax's revival of the ancient common law doctrine as a vehicle for environmental advocacy in the early 1970s, it has been hailed by many environmentalists as the most powerful tool available for protecting natural resource commons. At the same time, however, it has been attacked by others who argue that use of the property rights-based doctrine reifies an ownership approach to natural resources and obstructs the development of …


Protecting Instream Flows In Prior Appropriation States: Legal And Policy Issues, Janet C. Neuman Jun 2000

Protecting Instream Flows In Prior Appropriation States: Legal And Policy Issues, Janet C. Neuman

Water and Growth in the West (Summer Conference, June 7-9)

17 pages.


Colorado Water Courts: Should They Change?, Melinda Kassen Jun 1999

Colorado Water Courts: Should They Change?, Melinda Kassen

Strategies in Western Water Law and Policy: Courts, Coercion and Collaboration (Summer Conference, June 8-11)

12 pages.

Contains references.


Texas Groundwater: Reconciling The Rule Of Capture With Environmental And Community Demands Comment., Stephanie E. Hayes Lusk Jan 1998

Texas Groundwater: Reconciling The Rule Of Capture With Environmental And Community Demands Comment., Stephanie E. Hayes Lusk

St. Mary's Law Journal

In order to avert the depletion of water resources, many states have attempted to enact legislation aimed at promoting water conservation. Such legislation has been known to conflict with outdated principles of property ownership, namely the rule of capture. The rule of capture vests landowners with property rights in water located directly beneath their land. Texas categorizes water based on whether the water flows above or below the surface. Surface water is typically the property of the state, with property owners having no possessory interest in the surface water. Yet, the opposite is true for groundwater, where all rights to …


Abdication Can Be Fun, Join The Orgy, Everyone: A Simpleton’S Perspective On Abdication Of Federal Land Management Responsibilities, George Cameron Coggins Oct 1995

Abdication Can Be Fun, Join The Orgy, Everyone: A Simpleton’S Perspective On Abdication Of Federal Land Management Responsibilities, George Cameron Coggins

Challenging Federal Ownership and Management: Public Lands and Public Benefits (October 11-13)

14 pages.


Constitutional And Congressional Requirements Directing Public Lands Decisionmaking, Joseph M. Feller Sep 1994

Constitutional And Congressional Requirements Directing Public Lands Decisionmaking, Joseph M. Feller

Who Governs the Public Lands: Washington? The West? The Community? (September 28-30)

15 pages.

Contains references.


Regulation Of Water Use And Takings—The Government Lawyer’S Perspective, Richard M. Frank Jun 1994

Regulation Of Water Use And Takings—The Government Lawyer’S Perspective, Richard M. Frank

Regulatory Takings and Resources: What Are the Constitutional Limits? (Summer Conference, June 13-15)

11 pages.

Contains 3 pages of references.


Dam Fights And Water Policy In California: 1969-1989, Harrison C. Dunning Jun 1991

Dam Fights And Water Policy In California: 1969-1989, Harrison C. Dunning

Innovation in Western Water Law and Management (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

49 pages (includes illustrations and maps).

Contains references.


Agenda: Innovation In Western Water Law And Management, University Of Colorado Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center Jun 1991

Agenda: Innovation In Western Water Law And Management, University Of Colorado Boulder. Natural Resources Law Center

Innovation in Western Water Law and Management (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

Conference organizers and/or faculty included University of Colorado School of Law professors Lawrence J. MacDonnell, David H. Getches, Charles F. Wilkinson and Richard B. Collins.

Pressures of population, drought, and changing water use have provided the impetus for numerous innovations in water law and management in recent years. The Center's annual conference June 5-7, 1991, will look at innovation and change in five areas--water planning, special water management areas, negotiated settlements of tribal water rights, conjunctive use of ground and surface water, and public values in water decision making. Each session will begin with talks by experts from several western …


Montana’S Response To Interjurisdictional Marketing Challenges, Deborah Beaumont Schmidt Jun 1989

Montana’S Response To Interjurisdictional Marketing Challenges, Deborah Beaumont Schmidt

Boundaries and Water: Allocation and Use of a Shared Resource (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

20 pages.

Contains references.


Allocating Groundwater Among Nations, States And Tribes, Ann Berkley Rodgers, Carolyn J. Abeita Jun 1989

Allocating Groundwater Among Nations, States And Tribes, Ann Berkley Rodgers, Carolyn J. Abeita

Boundaries and Water: Allocation and Use of a Shared Resource (Summer Conference, June 5-7)

70 pages.


The Headwaters Of The Public Trust: Some Thoughts On The Source And Scope Of The Traditional Doctrine, Charles F. Wilkinson Jan 1989

The Headwaters Of The Public Trust: Some Thoughts On The Source And Scope Of The Traditional Doctrine, Charles F. Wilkinson

Publications

No abstract provided.


Legal Issues: San Francisco Bay, Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta And Estuary, Stuart L. Somach Jun 1988

Legal Issues: San Francisco Bay, Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta And Estuary, Stuart L. Somach

Water Quality Control: Integrating Beneficial Use and Environmental Protection (Summer Conference, June 1-3)

48 pages.

Contains footnotes.


Effects Of Upstream Transfers On Water Quality Permittees: A Summary Of Practical Problems And Solutions, Lee Kapaloski Jun 1988

Effects Of Upstream Transfers On Water Quality Permittees: A Summary Of Practical Problems And Solutions, Lee Kapaloski

Water Quality Control: Integrating Beneficial Use and Environmental Protection (Summer Conference, June 1-3)

19 pages.

Contains 3 pages of footnotes.