Over 11,000 watersheds in the U.S. have improved water quality since the passing of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Each watershed is the geographic land area that drains into a stream, lake, or river basin. Functional watersheds allow aquatic ecosystems to flourish and dictate not only water quality but also the amount of water available for irrigation and thousands of other uses.
Historically, communities have banded together to protect watersheds, developing watershed protection plans, and implementing best-practices to protect watersheds for generations to come.
Here’s an example of how dozens of local organizations came together to protect the Lagunitas watershed in Marin County, California. Some of the organizations who worked together included: NOAA, FishAmerica, Trout Unlimited, the Marin County Department of Public Works, Mark Warner of Performance Excavators, Save the Valley (members of Watershed Preservation Network), Marin Conservation League, Tomales Bay Association, SPAWN, and numerous other local parties. Here’s a link to learn more: http://www.wpn.org/wpn/roysdam.htm
Some of the benefits of watershed preservation include: erosion control, streambank stabilization, stream cleanup, biodiversity, water quality, and countless other win-win-wins.
When you have a chance, let’s talk about the watershed preservation efforts in our local community. Let’s learn more together.
Water is the driving force of all nature.
Leonardo Da Vinci
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