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backwater

a body of stagnant water connected to a river

Backwater

 

a body of water protected from floating ice and currents on a navigable river, where vessels are stored or repaired. Backwaters are provided at river ports, ship-repair and shipbuilding enterprises, and bases of operations. De-pending upon their uses, distinctions are made among winter boat storage, repair, and other types of backwaters. Backwater protection is either natural (spit or island) or artificial (dike or crib).

backwater

[′bak‚wȯd·ər]
(hydrology)
A series of connected lagoons, or a creek parallel to a coast, narrowly separated from the sea and connected to it by barred outlets.
Accumulation of water resulting from and held back by an obstruction.
Water reversed in its course by an obstruction.
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In October 2013 during early fall migration of waterfowl, we collected sediment core samples in backwaters (i.e., connected, off-channel backwater wetlands) and randomly throughout Dresden reach.
Ideal backwater habitat for a bluegill in late fall isn't necessarily deep, but 6 to 8 feet or deeper if they can find it.
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There were tourists with big disappointed faces wandering around wondering what sort of backward backwater they had stumbled upon."
The clean-up started in September with the aim of creating a backwater pond to encourage wildlife and protect the area from flooding.
Backwaters are ponds linked directly to the river and provide a valuable habitat for wildlife.
To think the Pier Head was once the starting and finishing point for the big transatlantic liners, and now we are forced to pack relatively small ships off to the scrapheap-surrounded backwaters of a Mersey dock where winds, tide and cramped conditions have made their visits too tricky to continue.
Presumably they thought the PSNI was a backwater police force.
Could it be something to do with the fact that it is still a provincial backwater with little to commend it?
But he has walked away from his role after the traumatic death of his wife and daughter, choosing instead to take a job with a country doctor in a quiet backwater.