Definition of Terms

 Definition of Terms

There is a lot of technical terms on the Rivers and Streams website. This page is designed to help navigate and define these words and phrases. Use the line below to skip to a certain letter.
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TermDefinition
Water body:
Any natural or artificial pond, lake, stream, or river that contains permanent, intermittent, standing, or flowing water.
Water quality:
Term used to describe biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of an aquatic environment.
Watershed:
Region or area drained by surface and groundwater flow in rivers, streams, or other channels. Synonymous with drainage basin and catchment.
Wetland:
Term used to describe areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or groundwater at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions, including swamps, marshes, bogs, and other similar areas.
Woody debris:
Collection of materials in the water or substrate on the bank or shoreline that is primarily composed of wood.