We all live in a watershed and if you live near a spring, you live in a springshed.
Watersheds are defined by the way water flows across the land and are shaped by features and elevations on the surface of the land. Springsheds, on the other hand, are defined by the way water flows beneath the land and are shaped by the geology and pressure below the surface of the land.
As rainwater moves across the land, it picks up bacteria and chemicals and carries them to our streams, rivers, lakes, coasts and underground aquifers . Common activities such as walking the dog, taking care of the lawn and driving the car, leave behind pollutants. We all share responsibility for this type of pollution—nonpoint-source pollution—because of its many random sources.
Everything we do on land can affect the health of our water. Learn how to protect your watershed and prevent water pollution.
Click here to view coordinating teacher’s guides for each virtual watershed excursion.