43 U.S. Code § 983 - Lists and plats of lands, for governors of States
It shall be the duty of the Secretary of the Interior, to make accurate lists and plats of all such lands, and transmit the same to the governors of the several States in which such lands may lie, and at the request of the governor of any State in which said swamp and overflowed lands may be, to cause patents to be issued to said State therefor, conveying to said State the fee simple of said land.
The proceeds of said lands, whether from sale or by direct appropriation in kind, shall be applied exclusively, as far as necessary, to the reclaiming said lands, by means of levees and drains.
Source(R.S. § 2480.)
R.S. § 2480 derived from act Sept. 28, 1850, ch. 84, § 2,9 Stat. 519.