A guide to acronyms (and abbreviations), words and phrases used throughout the Environment Canterbury website. Look in the 'By Subject' tab to find groups of terms relevant to a specific topic.
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- means an artificial barrier, and any connected structures, that: is constructed to hold back water or other fluid under constant pressure so as to form a reservoir; and is used for the storage, control, or diversion of water or other fluid. Includes: a flood control dam; and a natural feature that has been significantly modified to function as a dam; and a canal; but does not include a stopbank designed to control floodwaters.
- Defence against water (Land and Water Regional Plan)
- Any structure or equipment, including any bund, weir, spillway, floodgate, bank, stopbank, retaining wall, rock or erosion protection structure, groyne, vegetation (including anchored tree protection) or reservoir, that is designed to have the effect of stopping, diverting, controlling, restricting or otherwise regulating the flow, energy or spread of water, including floodwaters, in or out of a water body, artificial watercourse, or artificial lake. For the purpose of this definition, dams are excluded.
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