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What to do About Bad Actors Causing Trouble on the Water – Webinar Recap

June 21, 2022

In our latest webinar, we cover the importance of bottomland ownership, how your property lines relate to the riparian area, and how maritime law and law enforcement can help. Read the full article.

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Restore the Shore 2022 - Community Cleanup

June 20, 2022

On Saturday, June 11, Pender & Coward, along with community partners Elizabeth River Project and City of Norfolk, rallied volunteers to return to our adopted shoreline along the Elizabeth River to remove 1,200 pounds of trash and debris that... Read the full article.

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Boat Marinas - Buying, Selling, or Operating

May 16, 2022

Learn about how riparian water rights and Virginia water laws affect the process of buying, selling, or owning a boat marina. Read the full article.

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Restore the Shore 2022

May 11, 2022

It is time for Restore the Shore 2022! The Waterfront Law Team of Pender & Coward is once again teaming up with the Elizabeth River Project to provide some much-needed TLC for the waterway along the Riverside Memorial Park in Norfolk. Read the full article.

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The VMRC’S First Decision on Cost Under the Living Shoreline Law

April 21, 2022

In 2020, Virginia enacted the living shoreline law which requires a living shoreline unless the "best available science" shows that a living shoreline is not suitable. Read on to learn how this new law may impact waterfront property owners. Read the full article.


Waterfront Law Team Gets Muddy with Lynnhaven River NOW

April 19, 2022

On Saturday, April 9, the Waterfront Law Team volunteered with Lynnhaven River NOW to clean a finger of Lake Smith in Virginia Beach. Read the full article.

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Mitigating Impacts to Wetlands – Webinar Recap

April 8, 2022

If you missed out on our latest webinar, make sure to check out our recap, where we hear from Jim Lang, with the Waterfront Law Team, and Curtis Hickman, with Wetlands Studies as they discuss the use of credits from a wetland’s mitigation bank. Read the full article.

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Waterfront Access Rights: Virginia Court Considers Easement

March 14, 2022

Learn about waterfront access rights and pier building in the recent Virginia Supreme Court Case, Garner v. Joseph, regarding Virginia water law. Read the full article.

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Wetlands Law and Regulation in Virginia

March 3, 2022

Learn about the types of wetlands and which legal protections are offered in various federal and state wetland laws. Read the full article.