Talk:Proposed features/Intermittent river

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In German, we call this wadi, from Arabian. --Fkv 21:25, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

deserts only?

Is this also for streams in karst valleys, which are normally dry, but may carry a lot of water in spring when snow is melting? --Fkv 21:25, 22 January 2011 (UTC)


When I proposed this I was thinking of deserts because most of my contributions are for the deserty American Southwest. There almost all rivers are intermittent. However, I see no reason to limit it to deserts.

Ways and areas

The proposal doesn't say, but does this apply to all types of water features, including ways as well as areas? I have seen examples of most of these where intermittent is appropriate:

  • Ways: waterway=river, waterway=stream, waterway=drain, waterway=canal
  • Areas: waterway=riverbank, natural=water

A special case is waterway=floodway, which may be considered intermittent by its nature. But there are cases where a waterway contains a permanent water feature, surrounded by a larger, intermittently-used feature. The intermittent=yes tag could be used to provide different rendering to these two mappable extremes of a single feature.

The proposal should suggest specifically which features this is applied to (and perhaps which it is not). Michael Z. 2011-05-13 20:18 z

According to the recently approved water=*, "Intermittent lakes (which disappear seasonally) should be tagged with intermittent=yes". I suggest using intermittent=* on nodes also, in particular on natural=spring. However, there is no point in refining this proposal, as it is already approved. --Fkv 20:53, 14 May 2011 (BST)
why not extend it after all ? we can just start a vote about extending it to any body of water. sletuffe 22:59, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
Just use it. --Lulu-Ann 15:40, 24 February 2012 (UTC)