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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.
Any natural or artificial pond, lake, stream, or river that contains permanent, intermittent, standing, or flowing water.
Term used to describe biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of an aquatic environment.
Region or area drained by surface and groundwater flow in rivers, streams, or other channels. Synonymous with drainage basin and catchment.
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.
Collection of materials in the water or substrate on the bank or shoreline that is primarily composed of wood.
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