Municipal Matters: Doctrine of Accretion

Date uploaded:
05 Feb 2015

The Doctrine of Accretion is relevant with respect to land abutting lakes, rivers and streams, as well as the shoreline of a sea. Where the boundary of land with a shoreline is defined by reference to the “mean high water mark” (HWM), or a specified distance from the HWM, the HWM may be subject to change over a period of time by way of “accretion”.

In February 2014, newspaper reports drew our attention to this then little known doctrine.

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