What is a seep?

A seep is an area in which groundwater reaches the earth’s surface from an underground aquifer and keeps the area wet even during dry summer months. Seeps are an important resource for small wildlife, birds, butterflies and other insects, and many different plants.

Seeps are relatively rare, but there is one on Webster University’s home campus. Webster is developing this site, called the Natural Area, as an educational and ecological preserve.