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"Stream" means those areas where naturally occurring surface waters flow sufficiently to produce a defined channel or bed which demonstrates evidence of the passage of water including, but not limited to, bedrock channels, gravel beds, sand and silt beds and defined-channel swales. A defined channel or bed means a water course that is scoured by water or contains deposits of mineral alluvium. The channel or bed need not contain water during the entire year.

Streams do not include water courses which were created entirely by artificial means, such as irrigation ditches, canals, roadside ditches or storm or surface water run-off features, unless the artificially created water course contains salmonids or conveys a stream that was naturally occurring prior to the construction of the artificially created water course. (Added by Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 06-061, Aug. 1, 2007, Eff date Oct. 1, 2007).