Banks of rivers

BANKS OF RIVERS, estates. By this term is understood what retains the river in its natural channel, when there is the greatest flow of water.
     2. The owner of the bank of a stream, not navigable, his in general the right to the middle of the stream. Vide Riparian Proprietor.
     3. When by imperceptible increase the banks on one side extend into the river, this addition is called alluvion. (q. v.) When the increase is caused by the sudden transfer of a mass of earth or soil from the opposite bank, it is called an increase by avulsion. (q. v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When we consider that all these pebbles, countless as the grains of sand in the desert, have been derived from the slow falling of masses of rock on the old coast-lines and banks of rivers, and that these fragments have been dashed into smaller pieces, and that each of them has since been slowly rolled, rounded, and far transported the mind is stupefied in thinking over the long, absolutely necessary, lapse of years.
At the meeting, speakers said many rivers are on the verge of dying as the land grabbers are constructing illegal structures on the banks of rivers as well as filling up canals and water bodies.
Summary: Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Aug 12 (ANI): In wake of the warnings issued by the India Meteorology Department (IMD) for heavy rainfall in the region, the district police on Monday directed the forces to help the people living along the banks of rivers in moving to safer places.
He directed them to plan to maximum plants during the on-going plantation drive especially at the banks of rivers and canals.
The participants were informed that the government had imposed heavy tax on collection of sand and gravel on the banks of rivers and streams, which was uncalled-for.
In an advisory issued on Monday, it says constant vigilance is required to deal with any emergency along the banks of Rivers Swan and Korang, Radio Pakistan reported.
The diary tells of broken equipment, furniture left behind on the banks of rivers that have to be crossed, ailing livestock, an encounter with a bear, and so forth.