Hey, just your friendly stream guy here! I thought I’d post something here.
First and Foremost: LOOK AT THE STREAM GUIDE!!!
I’ve been going around and checking streams as I’ve been digging them, and so many of them are done incorrectly.
Issue #1: Water not flowing correctly.
When placing water, you should be conscious that it flows for 8 blocks, and so whenever possible, the source block should be 8 blocks from where the water level changes.This is the most common rule not followed.
Issue #2: Not keeping water inside the stream’s channel.
When digging the stream, you need to keep the path of the water in the ground. One of the biggest issues I see with this is people aren’t mindful of leaves: those don’t count as the ground. If any side of the water is not touching more water, dirt-based blocks, or stone blocks, it needs to be brought down a block. The only exception is when you’re working around trees: use your better judgment with these.
Issue #3: Incorrect bed materials being used.
Only 6 blocks should be used for stream beds in most cases. If the stone is sandstone, this will be your Sandstone Debris, Medium Dirt Path, and Light Dirt. If it is any other stone, use your Small Stones, Gravel, and Soft Gravel. Stuff like mud and dirt? DON’T USE IT! If other blocks are used, they will generally already be generated where they need to be, or are for very specific types water bodies that you’re not currently working on.
I feel like none of this should have to be said, because for the most part the stream guide says each of these things very clearly, but it’s important that we follow it as closely as possible. The guide isn’t there to make a boring project even more boring, they’re there to help ensure uniformity and realism that our server strives for.
So please, do the server a favor: start doing streams correctly if you haven’t been, and look at the stream guide before you dig a stream next time.