Characteristic Definitions

Natural Resources

  • Bio-diversity
  • Human and Non-human Forms That Drive Some Source of Energy
  • Not Man-made
  • Open Spaces
  • Natural Eco-systems
  • Wetlands
  • Air
  • Game / Non-game and Their Habitat
  • Natural Areas and Clean Water
  • Soil
  • Migratory Bird Stopovers
  • Woodlands - Savannahs, Forests and Wet Forests
  • Prairies
  • Dunes
  • Endangered Species
  • Beaches
  • Parks
  • Rivers, Creeks, Streams, etc.
  • Sand
  • Marinas, Harbors
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Fish
  • Homo sapiens

Water Quality

  • Pollutants
  • MCL (maximum contaminant levels)
  • Non-point sources
  • Drinking (potable)
  • Water Treatment
  • Beaches
  • Wells
  • Chlorine
  • Fish (bio-accumulation)
  • Contaminated Sediments
  • Water Level Problems
  • Runoff
  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Road Salt
  • Pollution From Boats
  • Marsh Areas, Wetlands as Natural Filters
  • Mixing Zones
  • Airborne Particulates
  • Industrial Chemicals
  • Exotic Species (zebra mussels)
  • Dead Bodies and Body Parts
  • Bacteria (E. coli) Beach Closings)
  • Aquatic Weed Control Herbicides
  • Nutrients

Shorelines

  • Erosion
  • Pollution
  • Sediment Quality
  • Industrial Development
  • Wind and Water
  • Always Changing and Moving - No Line
  • Long Shore Current
  • Beaches
  • Filling - Reclaiming
  • Breakwaters
  • Mixing Zones
  • Erosional and Depositional Features (sand bars)
  • Setbacks on Shoreline Construction
  • Development on Shore
  • Ports and Harbors
  • Public Access
  • Protection