Delineation of Ordinary High Water

by Jeffrey B. Bradley, WEST Consultants Inc., Carlsbad, United States,
Daryl B. Simons, WEST Consultants Inc., Carlsbad, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


'Ordinary high water' is used in a court of law to delineate the extent of land ownership of adjacent riparian owners on navigable rivers. The most appropriate approach to define such a level is a hydrologic and hydraulic sensitivity analysis. Results from such an analysis can then be compared with other methods such as delineations of lines of vegetation, soil horizons or simply a visual delineation of the channel streambanks.

Subject Headings: Soil analysis | Sensitivity analysis | Water level | Flow measurement | Soil water | Laws | Owners | Hydraulics

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