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The talk page is for discussing how to improve this article. It can also be used to discuss new tagging suggestions. PeterIto 11:09, 15 December 2011 (UTC)


I am not clear where the natural=lake tag came from that Harry mentions today. It might have come from one of the other merged articles or be a figment of my imagination which I introduced when I did the recent work on the article! Does it even render? On reflection we could use it for a natural area of water, and retain natural=water as the more generic tagging for a unspecified area of water which might be a reservoir or a lake or a dock. It is however possibly too late to make a change like this. PeterIto 21:45, 25 March 2012 (BST)

OneWay key

I suggest to add the key oneway=* (Yes/No/-1) as for Highways. Example: in Chalon-sur-Saone, there is a oneway direction to enter the marina. --Cordialement, gerdami 16:01, 29 July 2012 (BST)

My mistake: I made a confusion between flow of river and direction of navigation.--Cordialement, gerdami 21:12, 30 July 2012 (BST)

Dry lakebeds?

How to tag dry or seasonally dry lake(bed)s? Thanks

-- Hamish (talk) 06:32, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Trees and Bushes Along a waterway

It often occurs that a stream is accompanied by trees and bushes that only grow close to the water. There is currently no sensible way to tag this. I suggest to have an additional tag that can be added to any waterway, maybe call it green_banks=*. Values could be "left", "right", or "both", same as "yes". Sub-tags could be green_banks:width=* and green_banks:height=*, in order to provide the average amount of vegetation. Of course, a waterway would have to be split at the start and end of such a vegetation segment. And of course, this would not be applicable while the waterway crosses a forest. --Mink (talk) 17:17, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

natural=tree_row would be adequate for trees? There is also Proposed features/Hedgerow which I haven´t looked at yet. RicoZ (talk) 17:43, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
Seems some kind of natural=scrub would be a better description than hedge in most cases. The scrub tag isn´t defined for linear ways as far as I can see, so either it should be extended to cover linear ways or a scrub_row analog to tree_row should get created. Mapping it as scrub area would be more correct but sometimes perhaps an overkill and I can see many other uses for strips of scrub. RicoZ (talk) 18:39, 25 December 2013 (UTC)


I'm not sure if this even renders in the map. Wouldn't it be better to suggest tagging a reservoir with natural=water & water=reservoir? This is how I have mapped them. --ItalianMustache (talk) 16:36, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Agree, natural=water+water=reservoir is better. Landuse works as well.RicoZ (talk) 14:32, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Streams and rivers crossing forests, grasslands and bare_rock areas

There is some discussion what to do if a waterway crosses a bare_rock or other natural areas here: Talk:Tag:natural=bare rock . RicoZ (talk) 10:59, 6 April 2015 (UTC)