The water from your tap and in nearby lakes or streams is part of a much larger water system. While not everyone lives next to a pond or stream, we all live in a watershed. A watershed is the land area from which surface water drains into a common stream channel, lake, reservoir, or other body of water. It is the geographical area of land that collects, stores, and transports water. Watersheds are "nested", with many small watersheds comprising larger watersheds. No matter where you are on land, you are in a watershed. Common activities like driving your car or hiking along a river can affect water quality. By paying careful attention to how you manage activities around your home and in places you like to visit, you can protect your watershed and the water you drink. For more information about watersheds view our Watershed 101 powerpoint (or pdf). One way to become involved in your watershed is to volunteer with Utah Water Watch.
If you are a teacher or other educator take a look at our Educator Resources page for lesson plans, trainings and workshops, and other resources.
You can find watersheds you are interested in by viewing the map below. Each watershed is linked to a fact sheet that contains a watershed description, local water quality issues, current water quality improvement projects and other information about that watershed. You may also look up watersheds using the list of watershed fact sheets. To find out more about a specific stream or other water body in Utah check out the Beneficial Uses and Water Quality Assessment Map created by the Division of Water Quality.
Map of Watershed fact sheets
The following watershed fact sheets are available:
If you would like hard copies of the fact sheets, please contact us at (435) 797-2580 or email Eric Peterson.