What is a Watershed?

A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. John Wesley Powell, scientist geographer, put it best when he said that a watershed is:

"that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."

Direct Benefits to YOUR Watershed

  • KEEP OUR WATER CLEAN- GI projects capture and retain water that would otherwise turn into stormwater, carrying pollutants like fertilizer, animal waste, oil, gas and other chemicals, and trash directly into our waterbodies.
  • CONSERVE WATER- GI projects help you conserve water for other uses- in the garden or washing your home.
  • PROTECT HABITAT- GI projects promote a healthy habitat by reducing the pollutants at their source before they enter the system of our rivers, streams, and riparian zones.
  • HEALTHY FISH- GI projects are a way to be a good neighbor to fish and wildlife because they help protect their homes and keep their food, shelter, and living space clean and healthy.