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Title: Vegetation and channel morphology responses to ordinary high water discharge events in arid west stream channels
Authors: Lichvar, Robert
Cate, David Wallace, 1952-
Photos, Corinna
Dixon, Lindsey E.
Byersdorfer, Joel
Allen, Bruce
Keywords: Stream channelization--Morphology
Channels (Hydraulic engineering)
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: ERDC/CRREL ; TR-09-5.
Abstract: “Waters of the United States” (WoUS) are regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344). The Corps lateral jurisdictional extent in Arid West stream channels is the upper level of the ordinary high water (OHW). The channel shape, fluvial textures, and vegetation patterns of these arid stream channels are heavily influenced by short-term, high-intensity or “flashy” events, which create distinctive physical features and vegetation responses. To determine vegetation and channel morphology responses, sequential aerial photos and stream gauge data for eight ephemeral and intermittent stream channels in the Arid West were analyzed. The observed patterns associated with various discharge event levels are consistent with the Corps OHW delineation manual. The use of remote sensing resources provides another critical component for aiding in the delineation of the extent of the OHW in Arid West stream channels.
Description: Technical Report
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