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Rivers & Streams

Abandoned Mine Drainage - the contamination of water by chemical compounds in abandoned mines that can change the acidity or alkalinity of the water or deposit metals; such as acid mine drainage, alkaline mine drainage or metal mine drainage

Acid Air Deposition - particles and gases in the air mix with water on the ground; includes acid rain

Data - national water databases

Drought - how to save water when there is a shortage of rainfall

Flooding - steps to take during periods of heavy rainfall and flooding

Monitoring - taking and testing water samples

No Discharge Zones - an area of a waterbody or an entire waterbody into which the discharge of sewage (whether treated or untreated) from all vessels is completely prohibited

Nonpoint Sources - polluted runoff, comes from diffuse or scattered sources in the environment rather than from a defined outlet such as a pipe

Stormwater - runoff from land and impervious areas such as streets, parking lots, and roofs during rain and snow events; regulated under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program

Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) - the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standard

Water Quality Standards - state requirements that define the water quality goals of a lake, stream, or other waterbody by designating the beneficial uses and setting criteria to protect those uses

Wetlands - swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas

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