Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The tidelands law of the United States has evolved sporadically. As the nation's population pressures have increased, and every conceivable type of development hasattempted to locate in the coastal zone (1), the regulationof tidelands has become increasingly stringent. No longer can a private party fill an acre of tidelands on whim. Inthe past, however, unauthorized tideland development was a frequent occurrence. Thus current state governments must deal with a legacy of improperly filled tidelands. This paper will examine some of the states' attempts to address the problem of illegally improved tidelands.