US Army Corps of Engineers
Louisville District

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Definition: Ordinary High Water Mark

Ordinary high water mark (Source: 33 CFR 328 and 33 CFR 329) means that line on the shore established

(Source: 33 CFR 328 and 33 CFR 329) means that line on the shore established

by the fluctuations of water and indicated by physical characteristics such as:

a. a clear, natural line impressed on the bank;

b. shelving;

c. changes in the character of soil;

d. destruction of terrestrial vegetation;

e. the presence of litter and debris; or

f. other appropriate means that consider the characteristics of the surrounding areas