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Is our watershed healthy?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:45 AM

By Ryan Mapes

Paulding SWCD ditch

maintenance supervisor

A watershed is the area of land where all 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.”

Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes and cross county, state, and national boundaries. In the continental United States, there are 2,110 watersheds; including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico, there are 2,267 watersheds.