“Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.” …Luna Leopold
We all live Downstream!
We all live in a watershed and our everyday activities affect the health
of the waters that drain through it. Whenever rain falls or snow melts,
chemicals, fertilizers, sediment and other pollutants from the land are
washed into our local streams, wetlands, lakes, and rivers.
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is a geographic area in which water, sediments, and dissolved materials drain into a common outlet (a common outlet = a larger stream, a lake, an underlying aquifer, an estuary, or the ocean). EVERYONE LIVES IN A WATERSHED.
Do you know your “watershed address”?
like your home address is broken down into country - state - city - street,
your watershed address can be found in much the same way. Why should you
know your watershed address? Watersheds are the places we call home, where
we work and where we play. Everyone relies on water and other natural
resources to exist. Everything we do on land impacts the quality and quantity
of water and our other natural resources. What we do in Lebanon County
will eventually affect the water quality of our friends and neighbors
The term watershed is used when referring to broader management issues.
Subwatershed is used in reference to level studies and specific projects
within the smaller subwatershed units.
Pennsylvania's Major River Basins
Lebanon County drains to 2 of those basins: the Susquehanna River Basin and the Delaware River Basin
The Susquehanna is the largest tributary to the Chesapeake Bay:
- Providing 90% of the freshwater flow to the Upper Bay
- 50% of the total flow to the Chesapeake Bay
|Cheseapeake Bay Watershed
||Cheseapeake Bay Drainage in PA
Lebanon County Watersheds
The county has 5 major watersheds: Conestoga River Watershed, Chickies Creek Watershed, Swatara Creek Watershed, Clark - Paxton Creeks Watershed and the Tulpehocken Creek Watershed.
|Major Watersheds of Lebanon County
||Sub-watersheds of Lebanon County