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We Fight For Your Water Rights!


All states throughout the US have legislation that governs access to public waterways. Many have constitutional stipulations that define municipal maritime infrastructure in urban harbor environments.

UPWA is committed to working with governing authorities to help achieve the goals of public access and maritime commerce legislation.

Shoreline regulations are perhaps the most complex, contradictory and controversial of all land use legislation--so much so that public access and use of the maritime environment has greatly diminished over the years under pressure from countless overlapping restrictions. While individually well meaning, too many regulations in concert have created a formidable barrier to the water.

We pledge to seek ways to accomplish the legislative intent of statutes that require public access to the maritime environment and all its amenities for present and future generations.

Washington State Legal Links

Washington State Constitution (ARTICLE XV HARBORS AND TIDE WATERS)

Washington State Shoreline Management Act

Seattle Shoreline Master Program Comprehensive Plan

King County Shoreline Master Program

RCW 90.58.020 Legislative findings — State policy enunciated — Use preference.

RCW 4.24.210 - Liability of owners or others in possession of land and water areas for injuries to recreation users — Known dangerous artificial latent conditions — Other limitations.