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Watersheds in simple words are called catchment areas.
It's a piece of terrain that directs rain and snowmelt towards creeks, streams, and rivers. Eventually draining into reservoirs, beaches, and the ocean.
While some are smaller watersheds, others stretch thousands of acres of land in the varied landscape. They may contain miles and miles of freshwater streams, river systems, ponds, reservoirs, and underground groundwater.
The Mississippi River Watershed, which stretches from the Rockies to the Appalachians and empties 1.15 million sq mi (1.85 million sq km) through all or parts of 31 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, is the hugest watershed in the United States.
Surface water bodies and floodwater within a watershed eventually flow to other water bodies, making watersheds significant.
Watershed management is the study of a watershed's characteristic features with the goal of distributing its resources in a sustainable manner, as well as the process of designing and managing plans, programs, and projects to preserve and improve watershed factors that could affect the plant, animal, and collectivist societies within the watershed perimeter.
The extent of healthy watersheds is defined at many scales based on the topography most relevant to their specific location. These scales are known as Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUC). A river watershed might be as tiny as a single county or as large as offshore lakes.
A Watershed is a natural flow unit that covers a' specific region' stretch of a land surface where rainwater or runoff to a 'specific designated outflow' such as an outlet, small creek, or river. There are several elements that influence how much water flows in a watershed.
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