- Water Bar
(1) A water bar is a diversion ditch with or without a hump lying across a trail to divert runoff before it has enough volume and velocity to erode soil.
The water bar disperses water safely.
They are frequently used on unpaved roads as well as on trails.
(2) A water bar is a trail-building technique to divert water from a trail by a trench and placement of some fortification on the downhill edge, typically a tree trunk or line of rocks.
(3) A water bar is a drainage structure composed of an outsloped segment of trail backstopped by a barrier placed at a 45 degree angle to the trail. Water bars are usually made of logs, stones, or cut lumber.
Water flowing down the trail is diverted by the outslope, the barrier, or both.
On multi-use trails, smoother grade dips or rolling dips are preferred over water bars because they are easier to build and are almost maintenance-free.
(4) A water bar is composed of rocks, logs, or other solid materials that are angled across a trail to divert rain or meltwater in order to protect the trail from erosion.
Sometimes also called "waterbar". That didn't matter to Ed. He went up to one and tried to talk it out of a beer. Without any more luck than ever.