Tips and Techniques – Water Terms

Water is always a topic that seems to come up whenever folks are buying land, selling it, or improving what they already own.  What is the difference between a creek and a stream?  a pond and a lake?  What is meant by riparian doctrine?  What is watershed?  a gaining stream?  porosity? Whether you are buying, selling, or improving, it is best to understand what these terms mean, and sometimes it can be an overwhelming task to search a host of different locations for such information.  We have compiled a list of nearly 100 terms that will be … [Read more...]

Water Glossary

A Absorption - the process by which chemicals in gaseous, liquid or solid phases are incorporated into and included within another gas, liquid, or solid chemical. For example, a sponge absorbs water. Acid mine drainage - water draining from areas that have been mined for coal or other mineral ores. The drainage water is acidic, sometimes having a pH less than 2.0, because of its contact with sulfur-bearing material. Acid rain - precipitation that has a low pH ( low pH is defined as anything less than 5.6). The precipitation becomes … [Read more...]

Water Part Three: Do your homework

I think a lot of folks want a small meandering creek because they are nice to look at, but they also want them in case they want a lake at some point in the future.  I’ve heard a thousand times that a tract had a creek and a “beautiful lake site” on it.   Here’s some advice - unless you hear that statement from an engineer who jut performed a lake design on the property, ignore it.  The simple truth is that most folks will never build a lake or pond.  It is expensive, time consuming, and in most states, difficult to get permitted.  If you want … [Read more...]

Water Part Two: Don’t get caught up in terminology……

What is the difference between a river, a creek, a stream, and a branch?  When does a pond become a lake?  While size can play into the answer to all of these questions, the definition of these words is less important to me than what the person saying them actually means.  For example, Potato Creek in South Georgia can be a raging torrent several hundred feet across, while the Mississippi River in Minnesota is small enough to jump across.  This fact was driven home to me a year or so ago when a friend purchased 100 acres with a nice “creek” … [Read more...]