We all live in a watershed — the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. Working together using a watershed approach will help protect our nation's water resources.
A basin is a land feature that can be identified by tracing a line along the highest elevations between two areas on a map, often a ridge. Large drainage basins, like the area that drains into the Puget Sound contain thousands of smaller drainage basins.
Learn what Ecology is doing to protect Washington's water supplies.
Local watershed plans, for managing water resources and for protecting existing water rights, are vital to both state and local interests.
Information about using the watershed framework to manage water supplies, from the EPA
Many of Washington State′s urban waters are filled with dangerous chemicals from industrial sources, contaminated sites, stormwater, municipal wastewater, and businesses that use hazardous wastes.
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