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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(53) The pertinent portion of the Florida Constitution explains, "[t]he title to lands under navigable waters, within the boundaries of the state, which have not been alienated, including beaches below mean high water lines, is held by the state, by virtue of its sovereignty, in trust for all the people." (54) Thus, the purpose of the land held in trust by the State of Florida is to protect and further the public's interest in a unique natural resource.
Under the public trust doctrine, the state holds in trust all lands on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts below mean high water for the use and enjoyment of the residents and visitors of the state and has been tasked by voters and the legislature to preserve and protect these beaches and lands as important natural resources.
Again, the surface of the high marsh is fairly horizontal though more irregular than that of FAR and the mean elevation (1.55 m MSL) reaches to 4 cm above local Mean High Water Spring (1.51 m MSL)--Fig.
Since it is easier in the field to establish a local MSL or MWL than a level indicating the Mean High Water Mark (MHW), it is recommended that MHW be the level reached by the [M.sub.2] amplitude above MSL.
Positioning the discs above the mean high water line keeps the discs out of the water most of the time and minimizes disruption on the longshore movement of sand.
It must be noted that the part of the beach under contention is the dry sand beach, that part of the beach falling above the mean high water mark, calculated as an average of high tides over a number of years.
These samples, taken at a depth of 23 ft below mean high water, showed Teredo's preference for oak.
In Florida, the state constitution addresses the issue of sovereignty lands in Article X, [section] 11 where it states: "The title to lands under navigable waters, within the boundaries of the state, which have not been alienated, including beaches below mean high water lines, is held by the state, by virtue of its sovereignty in trust for all the people." (1) This constitutional provision establishes what the state owns by virtue of its sovereignty, "lands under navigable waters," and for what purpose these lands are held "in trust for all the people." Title to these lands, (2) as well as administration, management, and control, is vested in the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund.