Water Quality in Your Watershed
Everyone Lives in a Watershed
Living in a watershed is not a choice like deciding if you want to live in the country or in the city. If you live on earth then you live in a watershed! Your daily actions affect the health of the watershed where you live and work - whether it is an intentional act or a behavior you give no thought to because you have done it all your life.
All of the land that drains into a specific body of water is called a watershed.
No matter where in the watershed a raindrop falls, it will eventually find its way to that lake, stream, or river. Look at the map below which shows the biggest watersheds in Michigan. If a raindrop falls anywhere in the dark blue area (over half the state!), it will eventually find its way into Lake Michigan. That’s how a watershed works.