check dam
a small dam constructed in a small water course to decrease the streamflow velocity, minimize channel erosion, promote deposition of sediment and to divert water from a channel

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  • check dam — noun : an often improvised barrier in a channel to retard the flow of water especially for controlling soil erosion …   Useful english dictionary

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