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Five Components of Healthy Streams

While each stream is unique, it shares common aspects of structure and process with other streams around the world. Streams can be understood and characterized by five major components:

These elements are not independent of each other, but rather continuously interact in a myriad of relationships. For that reason, altering a single component-manipulating flow through the construction of a dam, for example-can affect all other components in unpredictable and often deleterious ways.

We will explore these five components separately to ease our ability to understand them, but we know that in nature they do not operate separately or simply.


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