WHAT IS A WATERSHED ?

Top of Willow Wetland Valley
Photographer: Gwen Gushie

A watershed is an area of land that drains or seeps into a marsh, creek,catches rain and snow and river, lake or groundwater.

Watersheds are defined by natural hydrology; they represent the most logical basis for managing water resources. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1996)

By jointly reviewing programs for drinking water protection, pollution control, fish and wildlife habitat protection, and other aquatic resource protection programs, watershed management brings together environmental, financial, social, and administrative factors.

Return to Home Page

Return to Top of Watershed

Go to Next Page