§ 156.: Conversion of non-navigable into navigable streams.— - Christopher G. Tiedeman, A Treatise on State and Federal Control of Persons and Property in the United States considered from both a Civil and Criminal Standpoint, vol. 2 
A Treatise on State and Federal Control of Persons and Property in the United States considered from both a Civil and Criminal Standpoint (St. Louis: The F.H. Thomas Law Book Co., 1900). Vol. 2.
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- State and Federal Control of Persons and Property. Vol. II.
- Chapter X.: State Regulations of Real Property.
- § 133.: What Is Meant By “private Property In Lands?”—
- § 134.: Regulation of Estates—vested Rights.—
- § 135.: Interests In Expectancy.—
- § 136.: Limitation of the Right of Acquisition.—
- § 137.: Regulation of the Right of Alienation.—
- § 137 A.: the Right of Testamentary Alienation and Intestate Succession—taxation of Inheritances.—
- § 138.: Involuntary Alienation.—
- § 139.: Eminent Domain—general Propositions. 2 —
- § 140.: Exercise of Power Regulated By Legislature.—
- § 141.: Public Purpose, What Is A.—
- § 142.: What Property May Be Taken.—
- § 143.: What Constitutes a Taking.—
- § 144.: Compensation, How Ascertained.—
- § 145.: Regulation of the Use of Lands—what Is a Nuisance?—
- § 146.: What Is a Nuisance, a Judicial Question.—
- § 147.: The Regulation of Unwholesome and Objectionble Trades.—
- § 148.: Regulation of Mines and Mineral Products.—
- § 149.: Regulation of Burial-grounds.—
- § 150.: Laws Regulating the Construction of Buildings In Cities.—
- § 151.: Regulation of the Right to Hunt Game and to Catch Fish. 3 —
- § 152.: Abatement of Nuisances—destruction of Buildings.—
- § 153.: How Far Use of Land May Be Controlled By Requirement of License?—
- § 154.: Improvement of Property At the Expense and Against the Will of the Owner.—
- § 155.: Regulation of Non-navigable Streams—fisheries.—
- § 156.: Conversion of Non-navigable Into Navigable Streams.—
- § 157.: Statutory Liability of Lessors For the Acts of Lessees.—
- § 158.: Search Warrants—sanitary Inspection.—
- § 159.: Quartering Soldiers In Private Dwellings.—
- § 160.: Taxation—kinds of Taxes.—
- § 161.: Limitations Upon Legislative Authority.—
- Chapter XI.: State Regulation of Personal Property.
- § 162.: Laws Regulating the Creation and Acquisition of Interests In Personal Property—real and Personal Property Herein Distinguished.—
- § 163.: Statute of Uses and Rule Against Perpetuity As Regulations of Personal Property.—
- § 164.: Regulation and Prohibition of the Sale of Personal Property.—
- § 165.: Laws Regulating Disposition of Personal Property By Will. 2 —
- § 166.: Involuntary Alienation.—
- § 167.: Control of Property By Guardian.—
- § 168.: Destruction of Personal Property On Account of Illegal Use. 2 —
- § 169.: Destruction of Personal Property In the Interest of Public Health.—
- § 170.: Laws Regulating the Use of Personal Property.—
- § 171.: Prohibition of Possession of Certain Property.—
- § 172.: Regulation and Prohibition of Manufacture of Certain Property.—
- § 173.: Carrying of Concealed Weapons Prohibited.—
- § 174.: Miscellaneous Regulations of the Use of Personal Property.—
- § 175.: Laws Regulating Use and Keeping of Domestic Animals.—
- § 176.: Keeping of Dogs.—
- § 177.: Laws For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.—
- § 178.: Regulation of Contracts and Rights of Action.—
- § 179.: Regulation of Ships and Shipping.—
- Chapter XII.: State Regulation of the Relation of Husband and Wife.
- § 180.: Marriage, a Natural Status, Subject to Police Regulation.—
- § 181.: Constitutional Limitations Upon the Police Control of Marriages.—
- § 182.: Distinction Between Natural Capacity and Legal Capacity.—
- § 183.: Insanity As a Legal Incapacity.—
- § 184.: The Disability of Infancy In Respect to Marriage.—
- § 185.: Consanguinity and Affinity.—
- § 186.: Constitutional Diseases.—
- § 187.: Financial Condition—poverty.—
- § 188.: Differences In Race—miscegenation.—
- § 189.: Polygamy Prohibited—marriage Confined to Monogamy.—
- § 190.: Marriage Indissoluble—divorce.—
- § 191.: Regulation of the Marriage Ceremony.—
- § 192.: Wife In Legal Subjection to the Husband—its Justification.—
- § 193.: Husband’s Control of Wife’s Property.—
- § 194.: Legal Disabilities of Married Women.—
- Chapter XIII.: State Regulation of the Relation of Parent and Child, and of Guardian and Ward.
- § 195.: Original Character of the Relation of Parent and Child—its Political Aspect.—
- § 196.: No Limitation to State Interference.—
- § 196a.: People V. Turner.—
- § 197.: Compulsory Education.—
- § 198.: The Child’s Right to Attend the Public School—separate Schools For Negro Children—expulsion From School Must Be For a Reasonable Cause.—
- § 199.: Parent’s Duty of Maintenance.—
- § 200.: Child’s Duty to Support Indigent Parents.—
- § 201.: Relation of Guardian and Ward Altogether Subject to State Regulation.—
- § 202.: Testamentary Guardians.—
- Chapter XIV.: Police Regulation of the Relation of Master and Servant.
- § 203.: Terms “master and Servant” Defined.—
- § 204.: Relation Purely Voluntary.—
- § 205.: Apprentices.—
- § 206.: Regulation of Private Employment.—
- § 207.: Public Employments.—
- Chapter XV.: State Regulation of Corporations.
- § 208.: The Inviolability of the Charters of Private Corporations.—
- § 209.: Police Control of Corporations.—
- § 210.: Freedom From State Control, As a Franchise.—
- § 211.: Police Regulations of Corporations In General.—
- § 212.: Laws Regulating Rates and Charges of Corporations.—
- § 213.: Regulation of Foreign Corporations.—
- § 214.: Regulations of Railroads.—
- Chapter XVI.: The Location of Police Power In the Federal System of Government.
- § 215.: The United States Government One of Enumerated Powers.—
- § 216.: Police Power Generally Resides In the States.—
- § 217.: Regulations Affecting Interstate Commerce.—
- § 218.: License Tax Upon Drummers and Peddlers.—
- § 219.: Taxation of Interstate Commerce.—
- § 220.: State Regulation and Prohibition of Interstate Commerce, Particularly, Articles of Merchandise.—
- § 221.: State Regulation of Railroads and Other Common Carriers, and of Their Business, When an Interference With Interstate Commerce.—
- § 222.: The Jurisdiction of Anti-trust Laws, National and State, As Affected By the Interstate Commerce Clause.—
- § 223.: Control of Navigable Streams.—
- § 224.: Regulation of Harbors—pilotage Laws.—
- § 225.: National and State Quarantine Laws.—
- § 226.: Regulation of Weights and Measures.—
- § 227.: Counterfeiting of Coins and Currency.—
- § 228.: Regulation of the Sale of Patented Articles.—
- § 229.: War and Rebellion. 5 —
- § 230.: Regulation of the Militia.—
- § 231.: Taxation.—
- § 232.: Regulation of Offenses Against the Law of Nations.—
- § 233.: The Exercise of Police Power By Municipal Corporations.—
Conversion of non-navigable into navigable streams.—
Whether a stream is a navigable or a non-navigable stream, must be determined by a consideration of its condition in a state of nature. A stream that is unnavigable in fact cannot, by dredging and the removal of obstructions, be converted into a navigable stream so as to affect the rights of the riparian owner in the stream or in its bed, except in the exercise by the State of the right of eminent domain. The conversion of a non-navigable into a navigable stream would be a taking of private property for a public use, which is only possible on payment of full compensation to the riparian owners. It is sometimes supposed that in the case of Carondelet Canal & Navigation Co. v. Parker, the State undertook to convert a non-navigable into a navigable stream without payment of compensation to the riparian owners, and in the syllabus of the case as reported in the American Reports, it is stated that the State may authorize a private corporation to convert an unnavigable stream into a navigable stream, and charge tolls for the improvements. But a careful study of the case will reveal the fact that the bayou St. John was really in legal contemplation a navigable stream, although practically unnavigable for most if not all commercial purposes.
But, on payment of compensation, the right of property in a non-navigable stream may be forfeited by its conversion into a navigable stream, in the same manner as all other rights of property in lands must fall under the exercise of the right of eminent domain. Thus, where a State constitution prescribes, contrary to the prior existing law, that the title to the beds of navigable streams up to high water mark shall be in the State, and that such beds shall never become the property of any private owner; the constitutional provision will not be permitted to operate so as to deprive the owner of a wharf, whose existence antedated the adoption of this constitutional provision, of his property therein, except in the exercise of the right of eminent domain and upon the payment of full compensation.
The regulation of the use of navigable streams is as clearly within the police power of the State as is that of the highways. Navigable streams are the public waterways of the country. The power to regulate is limited only by the constitutional requirements of uniformity and equality and of reasonableness. Thus a State may, in permitting the floating of logs down a navigable stream, institute all needful and reasonable regulations which will prevent the obstruction of the ordinary navigation of the stream and damage to other craft and the shore. And where dams and sluices are permitted to be constructed by a milling company on a navigable stream, the State has the power to impose regulations, subsequent to the grant of the right, which are necessary to prevent the interference with the ordinary rise of the stream.
See Hathorn v. Stinson, 12 Me. 183; Bradley v. Rice, 13 Me. 200; Waterman v. Johnson, 13 Pick. 261; Wood v. Kelley, 30 Me. 47; Paine v. Woods, 108 Mass. 170, in which it has been settled that if a natural pond or lake is raised by artificial means, the boundary line will continue to be at low water mark of the pond in its natural state.
29 La. Ann. 430 (29 Am. Rep. 339).
Yesler v. Board of Harbor Line Com’rs, 146 U. S. 646.
See post, §§ 223-225 for a very full discussion of such regulations.
Crane Lumber Co. v. Bellows, 117 Mich. 482.
St. Anthony’s Falls Water Co. v. St. Paul, 168 U. S. 349; Minneapolis Mill Co. v. St. Paul, 168 U. S. 349.