What is a watershed?

A watershed is the surrounding land area that drains into a lake, stream, or river. It includes natural and artificial drainage systems, such as ditches and storm sewers. Even if your home is not next to a lake, stream, or river, you still live in a watershed. Every water body has a watershed that surrounds it. Each of us lives in a watershed and shares its water quality.

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1. What is a watershed?
2. How do watersheds affect water quality?
3. What can I do to help my watershed?
4. How is my watershed affecting water quality?
5. How can I reduce the amount of phosphorus entering a lake or stream?