Since human activities greatly affect the health of watersheds it is up to us to protect them. While laws and regulations are necessary for environmental protection, it is just as important for individuals to be aware of watershed issues and understand what each of us can do.

River and Stream Flows

The path and speed at which a river or stream flows through the land is called “stream course.”


The shorelines in our watershed consist of riverbanks, stream banks, and lake shores.


Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil, or is present at or near the surface of the soil all year or during most of the year.


Floodplains give rivers and streams space to “breathe” as the water rises and overflows after heavy storms and snow melt.

Surrounding Land

All land and water are connected. When we take care of our land we also take care of our water.