Last edited 28 Feb 2020

Water body

A water body is: 'A body of water forming a physiographical feature. In the WFD (Water Framework Directive) this covers: rivers, lakes, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater (aquifers).'

This is as opposed to a watercourse, which includes all rivers, streams, ditches, drains, cuts, culverts, dykes, sluices and passages through which water flows.

Ref The SuDS Manual (C753), published by CIRIA in 2015.

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