This bill would direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to commission a survey that identifies the boundary of the Red River’s South Bank with respect to land along a specified 118-mile stretch of the Red River in Oklahoma and Texas. The survey would use the “gradient boundary survey” method and be completed within two years of this bill’s enactment by licensed gradient boundary surveyors under the direction of Texas and Oklahoma land offices. At issue is whether private property owners face disputes from the federal government over the land’s ownership, because BLM believes some land (up to 30,000 acres) may be public domain but the agency has never surveyed most of the Red River.
The BLM would submit its survey to the Oklahoma and Texas land offices after it’s completed, and the offices would have 60 days to approve it. The same process would be used to survey individual parcels of land in the specified area. After a survey for an individual parcel has been approved, the office would give the BLM a notice of their approval and a copy of the survey along with any related field notes. Surveys of the South Bank boundary line and any survey of an individual parcel of land wouldn’t be submitted to the BLM for approval.