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navigable waters

noun plural nav·i·ga·ble wa·ters \ ˈna-vi-gə-bəl- \

legal Definition of navigable waters

: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 1985
  • U.S. Code

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