What is a Watershed?

West Michigan watersheds

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.” Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state, and national boundaries. In the continental US, there are 2,110 watersheds; including Hawaii Alaska, and Puerto Rico, there are 2,267 watersheds. (Excert from US EPA web-site)

Regional Environmental Information about Watersheds

This site contains information available by region from the US EPA and other sites. The site contains region pages, states by region, and a list of regional and/or state contact information. This site intends to inform a larger geographic focus than the state, watershed, county, and metro area information available: http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/.

Macatawa Watershed

The Macatawa Watershed covers approximately 110,000 acres in Ottawa and Allegan Counties, including Lake Macatawa, the Macatawa River, and its tributaries. The Macatawa River Greenway can be found in the heart of the watershed along the Macatawa River and all of its tributaries.

Macatawa Watershed Project

The Macatawa Watershed Project was created in 1999 with a goal to reduce the amount of phosphorus that enters Lake Macatawa by rain runoff by approximately 70% through public awareness, education, and Best Management Practices. http://www.the-macc.org/watershed/overview/

Project Clarity

The goal of Project Clarity is to remediate the water quality issues of Lake Macatawa and the Macatawa Watershed. This multi-phased approach provides solutions focused on land restoration, Best Management Practices (BMPs), community education, and long term sustainability. The advantage of this phased approach is that each phase builds on its predecessor, thereby avoiding redundancy and providing flexibility in implementation. We include solutions that address the problems of Lake Macatawa both at the source (passive wetland restoration) and further downstream. http://macatawaclarity.org