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  • n. A person who polices bodies of water, such as rivers, lake or coastal waters. The position is a law enforcement officer.

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  • An officer of the customs, whose duty it is to search vessels.

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  • "The water bailiff has to report evidence of pollution, which has contributed most to the decline of the Severn salmon fisheries." The Countryman, Vol. LIII, p. 94, 1956.

    The previous generation well knew pollution was eroding their connections to the land and waters and thus their ways of life and local livelihoods. In the meantime US politicians, at the behest of powerful lobbyists and campaign contributors seek to relax or eliminate certain pollution controls and solutions as a matter of course because such controls "threaten" local, national, and now global business and commerce.

    September 1, 2010

  • A law enforcement officer who polices bodies of water, such as rivers, lake or coastal waters.

    September 29, 2009