Any stream or agricultural ditch in the United States is under the jurisdiction of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USA/CE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In my opinion, having a running stream on your property is the equivalent of giving the USA/CE and EPA free access to your land at any time under any pretenses that wish to use.
Michael Qulek wrote:When it came time to buy our land, I wrote down the criteria that were important to me. First was that I wouldn't immediately quit my day job, but use my earnings to fund the land. Secondly, I wanted to be less than 1/2 tank of gas away from the land so I could travel to it from our suburban home. It had to be remote enought for hunting, which really means no next-door neighbors looking in our windows.
I bought an atlas for our state and drew a 200 mile radius circle around our home. I wrote a cover letter to realtors and shotgunned it to those in the areas I pinpointed in the atlas. I contacted a bunch, took a week off from work to view properties, and settled on one that met our needs. We've had our land for about 10 years now, slowly developing it into the self-sufficient permaculture homestead we first invisioned.