navigable waters
nav·i·ga·ble wa·ters /'na-vi-gə-bəl-/ n pl: waters that are capable of being navigated (as for commerce) and to which federal admiralty jurisdiction and specific environmental regulations apply
it is the national goal that the discharge of pollutants into the navigable waters be eliminated by 1985U.S. Code

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

navigable waters
n.
Waterways that can be traveled down for commerce.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


navigable waters
Waters that provide a channel for commerce and transportation of people and goods.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


navigable waters
Waters that provide a channel for commerce and transportation of people and goods.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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