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Synthesizing the scientific foundation for ordinary high water mark delineation in fluvial systems
Wohl, E., M. Mersel, A. Allen, K. Fritz, S. Kichefski, R. Lichvar, T. Nadeau, B. Topping, P. Trier, AND F. Vanderbilt. Synthesizing the scientific foundation for ordinary high water mark delineation in fluvial systems. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston, TX, 2016.
The primary goals of this report are to place the concept of an Ordinary High Water Mark within the context of the scientific understanding and study of river hydrology and geomorphology, and to assist federal field scientists, lawyers, policymakers, and others interested in delineating the Ordinary High Water Mark.
For more than 100 years, the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) has been used to define water boundaries in a number of contexts in the United States. This Special Report summarizes the scientific literature pertaining to the indicators used to identify the OHWM in fluvial systems, building on more than a decade of research and publications related to the OHWM in the ongoing process to implement the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899. This report does not change or redefine the indicators used to identify the OHWM, nor is it a manual for how to delineate the OHWM. This report first reviews established concepts in river science that relate to the OHWM then reviews various sources of information that can be used to delineate the OHWM, discusses geographic variations in OHWM indicators among river segments, reviews human activities that can affect the OHWM, and finally presents examples of the OHWM in diverse channel types and regions.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY
SYSTEMS EXPOSURE DIVISION
ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY BRANCH