Tuesday, October 7, 2014

watershed map repurposed from Montgomery County, MD   EPA website

A Watershed Moment...

Perhaps you've heard that phrase used as a reference to a critical moment of divergence after which nothing will ever be the same.  That is now.

Where does water come from? Rain, rivers, streams, aquifers, lakes, reservoirs, canals, pipes, the kitchen sink?  The water is connected.

A watershed is an area of land where all the water that flows under it, through it or drains off of it, goes to the same place. 

Famed  geologist, John Wesley Powell, referred to this hydrologic system as an area of land, "within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that we become part of a community"