A watershed is the geographic area within which all water drains to a common outlet.
STRUCTURES AND FUNCTIONS OF A WATERSHED
Lakes serve as natural water holding tanks. The ecological functions and seasonal changes of lakes and ponds is fascinating and complex.
Rivers and streams transport water through watersheds and provide habitat for plants and animals.
Wetlands improve and help water quality, store floodwaters,and provide important habitat for fish and wildlife.
The Great Salt Lake: Utah's Terminal Lake
The Great Salt Lake receives water from the Bear River, Weber River, Jordan River and precipitation. As the largest terminal lake in the United States, it has a unique water quality - water evaporates leaving behind salts, minerals and metals carried by the water. Learn more about the Great Salt Lake and about general wetland characteristics.
Utah is made up of 10 major watersheds, most of which ultimately drain into the Colorado River and the Great Salt Lake.
Utah Clean Water Partnership
The Utah Clean Water Partnership website provides information about Utah's watershed management, and projects being implemented to improve water quality across the state. You can also find contacts and additional resources for each watershed.