[Tagging] Drain vs. ditch

EthnicFood IsGreat ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 21:23:42 UTC 2019

> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:11:20 +0000
> From: Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com>
> To: "Tag discussion, strategy and related tools"
> 	<tagging at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: Re: [Tagging] Drain vs. ditch
> On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 at 18:05, EthnicFood IsGreat <
> ethnicfoodisgreat at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Then what would you call a natural waterway that is too small to be a
>> stream?
>> Two possibilities.
> 1) A stream.
> 2) Not worth mapping.
> Take your pick. :)
> -- 
> Paul

Well, call it micromapping if you want, but I've mapped many of these in 
the midwestern US.  I do most of my mapping in the country, and 
sometimes these are the only features to map in a certain area without 
the map being blank.  I have been tagging them as drains, because they 
are too small to be called a stream, and they are not artificial, so 
they are not ditches.  (At least in the OSM sense.)  Many of them start 
out as being just a swale in a farmer's field, where they are usually 
intermittent.  Many of them are named.


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