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Author Warner, Sara, 1953-

Title Down to the waterline : boundaries, nature, and the law in Florida / Sara Warner
Published Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©2005


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 266 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents A case of conflict : growth, science, tradition -- The Kissimmee River story : empire and ecology -- Custom, criteria, and community : clarifying the OHWL concept -- Drawing the line : the changing status of the natural world -- Lawyers, landowners, surveyors, and the state : the OHWL language wars -- A new low for the ordinary high water line : the demand for certainty -- Down to the waterline : the nature of our place
Summary Annotation In most states the boundary separating public waters from private uplands--the ordinary high water line (OHWL)--is a flashpoint between proponents of either property rights or public-trust protection of our water. Using Florida as a case study, Down to the Waterline is the first book-length analysis of the OHWL doctrine and its legal, technical, and cultural underpinnings. Sara Warner not only covers the historical function of the OHWL but tells how advances in science and our environmental attitudes have led us to a more complex encounter with this ancient boundary. Florida sees a steady influx of new residents who crowd along its extensive coasts and interior shorelines--yet who also demand pristine water resources. The OHWL establishes public access and private ownership limits on some of the state's most valuable land: in economic terms, waterfront real estate; in ecological terms, marshes and wetlands. Sara Warner brings to life many of the courtroom battles fought over the OHWL through the perspectives of ranchers, outdoors enthusiasts, developers, surveyors, scientists, and policymakers. While explaining the OHWL's legal and political intricacies, Warner never loses sight of the wonder of herons wading a marsh or a largemouth bass breaking a smooth lake surface. To her the OHWL is not just an ideological battleground; it is a marker of how we see the natural world. What do we think we're doing when we channel a river or fill a swamp? she asks--for it matters greatly where we focus our attention before invoking the awesome capabilities of technology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-258) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Water boundaries -- Florida
Riparian areas -- Florida
Watersheds -- Florida.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Florida
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
Nature -- Effect of human beings on
Riparian areas
Water boundaries
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780820336572