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Watershed Planning

A watershed is the area of land from which water drains into a stream, river, lake or other waterbody. Watersheds are divided by high points on the land, such as ridges, mountains, and hills. Management of water resources is ideally accomplished within a watershed context. The appropriate watershed scale changes depending on the land-use questions and water resource challenges under consideration. Watershed planning units can encompass everything from a small watershed of two intermittent streams that drain an individual parcel, to the much larger Hudson River watershed.

Members of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance demonstrate what a watershed is along a tributary to the Sparkill  (Photo: E. Vail)
Members of the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance demonstrate what a watershed is along a tributary to the Sparkill  (Photo: E. Vail)

Watersheds are key geographic units when making local land use and water resource decisions, and we use community-based conservation at the watershed scale to affect local changes.

What are we doing?

We provide technical assistance and outreach to local watershed groups, intermunicipal councils, and regional water partners to encourage watershed-based planning and management. We also provide grants to support local efforts.

Who are our partners and audience?

Watershed groups, intermunicipal councils, regional water partners, colleges and universities

Research on these topics

http://wri.cals.cornell.edu/research-topics/watershed-resiliency/source-water-protection