What's a watershed?
A watershed is an extent of land where water
melt drains downhill into a body of water, such as a river,
The watershed includes both the streams and rivers that convey
the water as well as the land surfaces from which water drains
into those channels. Watershed are separated from adjacent basins
by a drainage
A watershed acts like a funnel,
collecting all the water within the area covered by the basin
and channeling it into a waterway. Each watershed is separated
topographically from adjacent watersheds by a geographical barrier
such as a ridge,
which is known as a water
Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state,
and national boundaries. In the continental US, there are 2,110
approach is the most effective framework to address today's water
resource challenges. Watersheds supply drinking water, provide
recreation, sustain life and manage rainfall. Our communities
depend on wise water management and healthy watersheds.
For more information about our regional watershed, visit the
In the photo, water is up over the top of the inlet structure
at the VIII-D Dam reservoir, normally
a dry dam.