Accession Number:

ADA523897

Title:

Updated Datasheet for the Identification of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) in the Arid West Region of the Western United States

Descriptive Note:

Technical note

Corporate Author:

COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH

Report Date:

2010-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

20.0

Abstract:

The Ordinary High Water Mark OHWM is a method used to identify the lateral limits of non-wetland waters. Lichvar and McColley 2008 developed an OHWM delineation manual for ephemeral and intermittent streams in the Arid West. Their approach identified key hydrologic, geomorphic, and vegetation indicators useful in OHWM delineation. This technical note provides an updated datasheet to the manual. The datasheet has been simplified but still includes the overall field signatures and preliminary methods used to determine the OHWM. The datasheet now focuses on identifying the characteristics of each individual hydrogeomorphic floodplain unit and uses the differences between the floodplain units to identify the OHWM.

Subject Categories:

  • Geography
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE