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U.S. Code › Title 43 › Chapter 29 › Subchapter I › § 1301
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TITLE 43 – PUBLIC LANDS
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43 U.S. Code § 1301 – Definitions
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When used in this subchapter and subchapter II of this chapter—

(b) The term

“boundaries”

INCLUDES

the seaward boundaries of a State

or

its boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico

or

any of the Great Lakes

as they existed at the time

such State became a member of the Union,

or

as heretofore approved by the Congress,

or

as extended

or

confirmed pursuant to section 1312 of this title

but in no event shall the term

“boundaries”

or the term

lands beneath navigable waters

be interpreted as extending

from the coast line

more than three geographical miles

into the Atlantic Ocean

or

the Pacific Ocean,

or

more than three marine leagues

into the Gulf of Mexico,

except that any boundary

between a State

and

the United States

under this subchapter

or

subchapter II of this chapter

which has been

or

is hereafter fixed by coordinates

under a final decree

of the United States Supreme Court

shall remain immobilized

at the coordinates

provided under such decree

and

shall not be ambulatory;
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U.S. Code › Title 43 › Chapter 29 › Subchapter I › § 1301
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43 U.S. Code § 1301 – Definitions
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When used in this subchapter and subchapter II of this chapter—

(a) The term

lands beneath navigable waters

MEANS

(1) all lands within the boundaries

of

each of the respective States

which are covered by nontidal waters

that were navigable

under the laws

of the United States

at the time such State

became a member of the Union,

or

acquired sovereignty

over such

lands

and

waters

thereafter,

up to the ordinary high water mark

as heretofore

or

hereafter modified

by

accretion,

erosion,

and

reliction;

(2) all lands

permanently

or

periodically

covered by tidal waters

up to

but not above

the line of mean high tide

and

seaward to a line

three geographical miles distant

from the coast line

of each such State

and

to the boundary line

of each such State

where in any case

such boundary as it existed

at the time such State

became a member of the Union,

or

as heretofore approved by Congress,

extends seaward

(or into the Gulf of Mexico)

beyond three geographical miles,

and

(3) all

filled in,

made,

or

reclaimed

lands

which formerly were

lands beneath navigable waters,

as hereinabove defined;
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U.S. Code › Title 43 › Chapter 29 › Subchapter I › § 1301
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TITLE 43 – PUBLIC LANDS
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43 U.S. Code § 1301 – Definitions
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When used in this subchapter and subchapter II of this chapter—

(f) The term

lands beneath navigable waters

DOES NOT INCLUDE

the beds of streams

in lands

now

or

heretofore

constituting a part

of the public lands

of the United States

if such streams

were not meandered

in connection with

the public survey of such lands

under the laws

of the United States

and

if the title

to the beds

of such streams

was lawfully

patented

or

conveyed

by the United States

or any State

to any person;
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