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I agree completely that these headwater streams need and deserve protection under the Clean Water Act, and I am glad that the EPA has proposed this rule. But one point of clarification on the terminology front: the statement in the first sentence of the article that over half of the streams in the US only flow after rain events is not accurate. These streams that only flow after rain events are known as ephemeral streams, not intermittent streams (which are streams that only flow seasonally), as the second sentence in the article states. Taken together, these ephemeral and intermittent streams comprise nearly 60% of all the stream miles in the country. There is a considerable difference between ephemeral and intermittent streams and the two terms should not be used interchangably.

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