Sidehill Seeps and Springs – Wetlands or Not?

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Springs and seeps are the results of groundwater reaching the ground surface and are a recognized type of wetland.  You may recall such areas as a wet spot in your backyard.   Sometimes there may be water flowing on a hillslope in the woods that seemly started from nowhere. Often an area where you observed livestock drinking that was far from a pond or a stream, these all can often be springs or seeps.

What is the difference between seeps and springs?

Springs and seeps are common features in watersheds and exhibit slight differences from one another. Seeps are areas along hillslopes without flowing water that remain wet for extended periods of time.

Springs are areas that contain flowing water that can range from a trickle to a continuous flow of water. Springs and seeps commonly feed and drain into streams, ponds, and wetlands. Both occur in areas ranging from hillslopes to relatively flat ground.

Playing a role in local hydrology

Impact7G’s natural resources team recognizes the importance and significance of springs and seeps along with their role in localized hydrology. Identifying springs and seeps (pictured above) is a common part of our wetland delineation services. Our services aim to identify hydrology resources across the Midwest. If you have any questions concerning your water resources and their management, please contact us.

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