Rain dependent streams and streams that only flow for part of the year are unique and diverse habitats that can support thousands of species, including plants, fish, amphibians, birds and mammals. These streams are important as spawning and nursery habitats, seasonal feeding areas, refuge from predators and competitors, shelter from extreme weather and travel corridors.
Many stream species, including fish, snails, crayfish, insects and salamanders, are now in danger of extinction as a result of human actions. A few dozen species are already listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act; hundreds of others are rare enough to be considered for listing.
Streams that flow for only part of the year provide crucial habitat, food and water for plants and wildlife. They provide forage, cover, nesting and movement corridors for wildlife. In the arid West, vegetation and wildlife near these streams â which often have water flowing just below the surface even when the surface looks dry â is significantly higher than in the surrounding uplands.
Photo by Eric Vance, U.S. EPA
April 30, 2014
Why is this picture in the Public Domain?
Produced by United States Government
The file available on this page is a work of the United States government. A work of the United States government, as defined by United States copyright law, is "a work prepared by an officer or employee of the U.S. government as part of that person's official duties." In general, under section 105 of the Copyright Act, such works are not entitled to domestic copyright protection under U.S. law.
How may I use a Public Domain picture?
The file available on this page in the Public Domain. Files in the public domain have no restrictions on use and may be used for any purpose, without any conditions, commercial or not, unless such conditions are required by law.
Possible Prohibited Uses
Although a file is in the public domain, the work may still have some restrictions for use if it contains any of the following elements:
- File contains an identifiable person and such person has not provided a model release.
- File contains an identifiable building or structure and the owner of such building has not provided a property release.
- File contains a registered corporate logo or trademark.
Files containing any of the above elements that do not also have a provided release would generally fall under editorial uses only and may not be used for commercial purposes. Users downloading files that are designated as "editorial use" assume full responsibility for their use of the file(s). Depending on your use, the use of editorial use files may require additional rights that publicdomainfiles.com or the copyright owner may or may not be able to provide. You should consult with your legal counsel to be sure your use is legal.
By downloading this file, you indicate that you understand and agree to all of these terms and assume full liability for your use of the file(s) and agree to hold publicdomainfiles.com harmless should any liability arise.