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A dam constructed on a canal or river or stream, designed to retain the water and regulate its flow.


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BARRAGE A manmade barrier built across a river in order to increase the depth of water.
CANAL A navigable artificial inland waterway used for transportation of goods and for recreation.
DAM A barrier of wood, masonry, concrete or earth, built across a river to create a reservoir of water for domestic and/or industrial usage.
FISH LADDER A series of steps designed to enable fish to ascend a fall of water or a dam.
FORD A shallow place in a river or other stretch of water, where people, animals and vehicles may cross.
LADE An artificial channel carrying water from a stream or river to a water mill.
MILL DAM A dam constructed across a stream to raise its water-level and make it available to power a mill wheel.
MILL POND The area of water retained behind a mill dam for driving a mill.
SLUICE An artificial passage for water, fitted with a valve or gate for stopping or regulating the flow.
STEPPING STONES A line of stones placed in the bed of a river or stream, or on wet ground, to enable pedestrians to cross.
TAIL RACE An artificial channel, sometimes underground, that carries water from a waterwheel back to the river or stream from which it was diverted by a LADE.
WATER CHANNEL An artificial watercourse for the conveyance of water.
WATERMILL A mill in which the machinery is driven by water power. Linked Data resource