Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway ("AICW" or "The Ditch") Case Examples

Boats exiting the Great Bridge Locks in Chesapeake, Virginia on the Intracoastal Waterway heading south to North Carolina / JoMo333/

Riparian Rights: Waterfront Property Virginia

Jim Lang and his team at Pender & Coward, P.C. work hard to protect the rights of Virginians who live, work, and play on the 3,285 square miles of water in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jim and his team have decades of experience taking care of people like you throughout Virginia in all matters related to waterfront (riparian) property rights, maritime & admiralty law, and environmental law.

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Legal Services for Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway - Waterfront Property Law in Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia is mile marker zero for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AICW), a 3,000-mile waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States running from Norfolk to Miami. The AICW provides a navigable route for commercial and recreational vessels that avoids the hazards of the open sea. The Intracoastal consists of sections of saltwater rivers, bays, inlets, and artificial canals. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal is part of that system and holds the distinction of being one of the earliest American canals. Our teams’ extensive knowledge of waterfront (riparian) property rights law, maritime and admiralty law, and environmental law has helped clients all across Virginia.


Examples Of Successful Legal Cases Defending Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Property Owners

Marina Owner Albemarle And Chesapeake Canal

Assisted a marina owner on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal with an easement issue that was threatening his business.

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We Protect Your Waterfront Property, Maritime, and Environmental Rights

These represent just a few of the many instances in which Jim and his team have assisted clients on or near Virginia’s waterways. If you have a legal issue pertaining to any Virginia waterway, call Jim Lang and his team at (757) 502-7326 or email him at:


Waterfront & Riparian Rights Law Experience With Virginia Waterway

We work in one of the longest and most diverse coastlines in the world - 7,213 miles – over three times the distance between Virginia Beach and San Diego. Virginia is also home to numerous rivers and tributaries, and a great variety of wetlands. These waterways include:

Although no two cases are alike, click on the links above to see examples of our work helping Virginians in the waterways of Virginia. We’re standing by and ready to help navigate your unique situation - Schedule Your Consultation.

Serving Commercial and Residential Property Owners on the Intracoastal Waterway

The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) is a 3,000-mile inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the United States, running from Boston, Massachusetts, southward along the Atlantic Seaboard and around the southern tip of Florida, then following the Gulf Coast to Brownsville, Texas.

The waterway consists of three non-contiguous segments: the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), extending from Portsmouth, Virginia to Key West, Florida; a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway beginning at Tarpon Springs, Florida, and extending south to Fort Myers; and a second section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway extending from Brownsville, Texas, east to Carrabelle, Florida.

The Intracoastal Waterway connects to several navigable rivers where shipping traffic can travel to inland ports, including the Mississippi, Alabama, Savannah, James, Delaware, Hudson, and Connecticut rivers.

Neighboring cities along the AICW – Virginia Beach, VA; Chesapeake, VA; Norfolk, VA; Elizabeth City, VA; Coinjock, VA; Barco, VA; Norfolk, VA