estates. This term, used by the civilians,
has been adopted by the common lawyers. 4 Mason s Rep. 397. Those who own the
land bounding upon a water course, are so called.
2. Such riparian proprietor owns that portion of the bed of the river
(not navigable) which is adjoining his land usque ad filum aquce; or, in other
words, to the thread or central line of the stream. Harg. Tr. 5; Holt s R. 499;
3 Dane s Dig. 4; 7 Mass. R. 496; 5 Wend. R. 423; 3 Caines, 319 2 Conn. 482; 20
Johns. R. 91; Angell, Water Courses, 3 to 10; 9 Porter, R. 577: Kames, Eq. part
1, c. 1, s. 1; 26 Wend. R. 404; 11 Stanton, 138; 4 Hill, 369. The proprietor of
land adjoining a navigable river has an exclusive right to the soil, between
high and low water marks, for the purpose of erecting wharves or buildings
thereon. 7 Conn. 186. But see 1 Pennsyl. 462. Vide River.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition