Glossary of Terms
Anthropogenic Pollution - Pollution from human activity such as cesspools, sewage, or even the placement of fertilizer.
Buffer Zone - An area along or surrounding a wetland which, if kept in its natural state, will protect the wetland in question.
Endangered Species - Those species of plants or animals, who reason damage to, or loss of habitat, are threatened with extinction.
Floodplain - Areas that are generally dry but which will fill with water at times of excessive precipitation or snowmelt which cause a body of water to overflow its banks. These areas protect other areas from flooding.
Fluvial - Relating to the flow of water.
Groundwaters - Areas such as aquifers where water collects and poll beneath the surface of the ground. They are often the source of drinking water in a community.
Habitat - a place where a living thing of any kind lives its life.
Invasive Species - Species of plants or animals which manage to invade and threaten a habitat in which they had not previously lived. Their presence often alters, damages, or destroys habitats.
Land Stewardship - A carefully planned strategy to monitor and ensure the continued health and viability of areas of land.
Riparian - Relating to wetlands immediately adjacent to a river.
Riparian Landowner - a person who owns lands directing on a river.
Sustainability - Creating circumstances by specific strategies that will increase the chances of conditions being maintained into the future.
Surface Waters - These waters we can see such as those in rivers and ponds.
Watershed - An area that drains rain and snowmelt into a river or stream. It can be as small as a footprint or as large as a continent.
Wetlands - Any areas on the land’s surface which for all or part of the year, contain water or are wet.