Dictionary of Ichthyology  

levée = an embankment constructed to prevent a river from overflowing, or to contain a farm pond, or a natural embankment formed by sediment deposit during flooding. Also spelled levee. Chevies park here when dry.
Levée cross-section from Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:River_Levee_Cross_Section_Figure.png 
  1. Design High Water Level (HWL)
  2. Low water channel
  3. Flood channel
  4. Riverside Slope
  5. Riverside Banquette
  6. Levee Crown
  7. Landside Slope
  8. Landside Banquette
  9. Berm
  10. Low water revetment
  11. Riverside land
  12. Levee
  13. Protected lowland
  14. River zone

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