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About the Mohawk River Watershed

A watershed is the land that water flows across or under on its way to a river, lake, stream or bay. The Mohawk River watershed:

  • Is located in central New York State

  • Is the largest tributary to the Hudson River

  • Covers approximately 3,460 square miles

  • Encompasses 14 counties and 172 municipalities

  • Begins at the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau, flowing 140 miles east to join the Hudson River

  • Includes more than 6,600 miles of rivers, canals and streams and 135 lakes, reservoirs and ponds

  • Major tributaries include the Schoharie Creek, West Canada Creek, and East Canada Creek

  • Serves as a drinking water source for hundreds of thousands of people