Watersheds

“Do unto those downstream, as you would have those upstream do unto you.” – Wendell Berry

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains water to a particular stream, river, lake or wetland.

Scott County Watersheds

This map of Scott County reveals the major watersheds that make up the county. Can you find your watershed?

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Mississippi River Watershed

Small watersheds (like those in Scott County) are part of larger watersheds.  Everyone who resides in Scott County is in the Mississippi River Watershed. The blue area on the map below is the Mississippi River Watershed.  The red area is the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, where excess nutrients deplete the oxygen required to sustain most aquatic wildlife.

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