1) in real estate, the increase of the actual land on a stream, lake or sea by the action of water which deposits soil upon the shoreline. Accretion is Mother Nature's little gift to a landowner. Compare to avulsion and alluvion.

2) In estates,...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe depositing of gravel or sediment by a river. (See also: accretion, alluvion)

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Environmental Law


Environmental law refers to a variety of protections which share the goal of protecting the environment.

Federal Law

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was passed in 1970 along with the Environmental Quality Improvement Act and...


Pollution: an overview

Pollution is the contamination of air, water, or earth by harmful substances. Concern for pollution developed alongside concerns for the environment in general. See Environmental law. The advent of automobiles, increased chemical...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryReferring to land adjoining a river or stream.

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Riparian doctrine

In dealing with water rights, the riparian doctrine states that water belongs to the person whose land borders a body of water. Riparian owners are permitted to make reasonable use of this water provided it does not unreasonably interfere with the...

riparian rights

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryRights of the owner of land adjacent to a river or stream to use the water for certain purposes. State laws vary on the extent of the rights given riparian landowners.A riparian landowner may not, however...