mean high water


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mean high water

[′mēn ′hī ′wȯd·ər]
(oceanography)
The average height of all high waters recorded at a given place over a 19-year period.
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The state holds all land waterward of the mean high water line in trust for the use and enjoyment of the people.
It explained that under the public trust doctrine, the state holds the lands seaward of the mean high water line, including the beaches between the mean high and low water lines, in trust for the public for the purposes of bathing, fishing, and navigation.
Further, the language in Sand Key, appearing to indicate there is a littoral property right to always have contact with the mean high water line, was dicta, and if it was, the law would contradict the established Florida law on avulsion.
Next let's examine how an accurate determination of the Mean High Water mark can be made.
TIDE PREDICTION: MEAN SEA LEVEL AND MEAN HIGH WATER
Since the Higher High Water (HHW), the Lower High Water (LHW), and the MWL values (see Table 26) above local CD are determined for a great number of stations along the eastern seaboard, the Mean High Water mark for most locations can be accurately determined with very little effort.
may include the land extending seaward from mean high water mark and such land adjacent thereto .
The 1975 Nova Scotia Beaches Preservation and Protection Act declares that "beach" means that area of land on the coastline to the seaward of Mean High Water mark, and that land landward immediately adjacent thereto, to the distance determined by the Governor in Council.
Legislative practice assumes that the vertical and horizontal location of the Mean High Water mark, and the level of the highest tide are established and available all along the coastline.
Ordinarily, just as the shores at the seaside are public land seaward of the mean high water mark, the swath of sand between the waterline and ordinary high water mark of navigable lakes--often defined as the line where vegetation starts--is held in public trust.
68) Further, though public trust lands between the mean high water mark and the waterline may be accessible elsewhere through public beaches or access ways, a court could still find that the landlocked property necessitated an implied reservation.
Based on conversations with a number of state employees whose jobs are to make sovereign lands determinations, this definition appears to be what has been adopted by the state and would include all lands below the mean high water line on tidally influenced waters, i.