Rivers Connect Us: What is Your Watershed Address


Every spot of land is part of a Watershed. A watershed is the area of land that catches rain and snow which drain into a common water body, like a river or lake.

Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes! Think about how much water is in the Mississippi River - its watershed is more than one million square miles and touches 31 states. That's huge!

But even tiny creeks have their own watersheds. They're just much smaller. Small watershed drain into bigger ones, and eventually drain into the ocean.

No matter where you live, you live in a watershed. Everything is connected!

Activity:

You know your mailing address and your street address but do you know your watershed address?
Where does the water that rains on your home and the surrounding neighborhood go? Whether it's a puddle, a pond, a stream or a lake, that destination determines your watershed address.

What is your house address? ______________________________ Locate it on a map.

What is the name of your watershed? __________________________________ Need help?

What river is nearby? __________________________________

Where does the river begin? This is the headwaters. __________________________________

Does the river flow into another river? __________________________________

And then another river? __________________________________

Where does the river end? __________________________________

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