- Stormwater Services
- Goose & Crooked Watersheds
Goose & Crooked Watersheds
WatershedsA watershed is the area of land from which all rainfall and runoff drains into a single stream, river or lake. Watersheds are also sometimes referred to as drainage basins or drainage areas. Ridges of higher ground generally form the boundaries between watersheds. At these boundaries, rain falling on one side flows toward the low point of one watershed, while rain falling on the other side of the boundary flows toward the low point of a different watershed.
No matter where you live, you live in a watershed. Watersheds may be large or small. They may occupy sloping, mountainous or nearly flat terrain. They cover all types of landscapes: forests, farmland, deserts, small towns and large cities. The common thread is that all watersheds collect and move precipitation from higher to lower elevations, eventually moving water to a larger river or body of water.