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Below are a list of terms I collected during this project

Watershed – Any area of land that drains into a body of water.  A watershed can be virtually any size, as small as the banks of a stream or as large as several states.
Subsheds – Smaller portions of a larger watershed that combine to drain into a specific body of water.
Watershed management – Any planned manipulation of factors of drainage to effect a change or maintain the condition of a water resource.
Watershed address – The watershed(s) in which a person lives.
Wastewater – The used water and solids from a community that flow to a treatment plant.
Urban runoff – Stormwater from urban or commercial areas that carries pollutants into the sewers and eventually natural bodies of water.
Threatened waters – Water that is currently clean enough to be used but will not be in the future unless steps are taken to improve its quality.
Impaired waters – A body of water not fully supporting its uses.
Surface runoff – Water that runs across the top of soil without infiltrating it.
Reforestation – Actions taken to return a site to its former condition.
Receiving waters – Any body of water that receives runoff or wastewater discharges.
Leachate – A liquid solution that forms as water percolates through waste.
Erosion – The process by which land is worn away by the action of water, wind, etc.

Riparian Buffer - Riparian buffers are borders made of native vegetation on steams and creeks that filter out pollution before it enters the waterway.

This site was created by Derek Denlinger(email) who is a student at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Last updated on February 10, 2008

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