Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2021: Rivers and Harbors Act, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/59646.

Item Identification

Title: Rivers and Harbors Act
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2020-06-23
Abstract:

The Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (RHA) (33 U.S.C. Sec. 401 et seq.) is the initial authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) regulatory permit program to protect navigable waters in the development of harbors and other construction and excavation. Section 10 of the RHA (33 U.S.C. Sec. 403) prohibits the unauthorized obstruction or alteration of any navigable water of the U.S. This section provides that the construction of any structure in or over any navigable water of the U.S., or the accomplishment of any other work affecting the course, location, condition, or physical capacity of such waters is unlawful unless the work has been recommended by the Chief of Engineers and authorized by the Secretary of the Army. The Secretary’s approval authority has since been delegated to the Chief of Engineers. Activities requiring section 10 permits include structures (e.g., piers, wharfs, breakwaters, bulkheads, jetties, weirs, transmission lines) and work such as dredging or disposal of dredged material, or excavation, filling, or other modifications to the navigable waters of the United States.

Purpose:

To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category boundaries
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category planningCadastre
None federal georegulation
None georegulation
None marine boundaries
None Ocean Law Search
None ocean planning
None regulation
None Rivers and Harbors Act

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alaska
None American Samoa
None CNMI
None Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
None East Coast
None Great Lakes
None Guam
None Hawaii
None National
None Puerto Rico
None U.S. Virgin Islands
None United States
None West Coast

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. http://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Support Roles

Distributor

CC ID: 907534
Date Effective From: 2020-06-23
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 907535
Date Effective From: 2020-06-23
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
URL: https://www.coast.noaa.gov/

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 907532
Date Effective From: 2020-06-23
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Originator

CC ID: 907536
Date Effective From: 2020-06-23
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
URL: https://www.coast.noaa.gov/

Point of Contact

CC ID: 907533
Date Effective From: 2020-06-23
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 907551
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 74.708841
S° Bound: -17.555007

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 907550
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2020

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

These data represent the unofficial boundary of the Rivers and Harbors Act, as of 2020. For the official boundary, please reference language within the authoritative legislation and consult the governing agency/agencies. A copy of the legislation is found here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCODE-2018-title33/pdf/USCODE-2018-title33-chap9-subchapI.pdf

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 907541
URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/Legis-Atlas/FederalGeoregulations/RiversAndHarborsAct.zip
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: ZIP

URL 3

CC ID: 907543
URL: https://www.marinecadastre.gov/data/
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 4

CC ID: 907544
URL: https://www.coast.noaa.gov/
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 5

CC ID: 912045
URL: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/USCODE-2018-title33/pdf/USCODE-2018-title33-chap9-subchapI.pdf
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: PDF

Data Quality

Accuracy:

The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.

Lineage

Sources

National Marine Sanctuaries Act

CC ID: 907547
Contact Role Type: Publisher
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Office for Coastal Management, OCM
Publish Date: 2018-08-08
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-08-08
Citation URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/Legis-Atlas/FederalGeoregulations/NationalMarineSanctuariesAct.zip

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 907548
Description:

1. Downloaded the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) from Marine Cadastre. The authority of the NMSA shares the same geographical extent as the Coast Guard Authorities (i.e. from the Exclusive Economic Zone, landward to all navigable waters of the United States).

2. Modified attribute values according to data dictionary.

Process Date/Time: 2020-02-01 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 59646
Metadata Record Created By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Created: 2020-05-15 15:23+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2020-06-23 11:08+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2020-06-09
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2021-06-10