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Watershed Academy~Job Pathways for Water and Climate Resilience

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  1. Mastering the skills and lessons of the Watershed Academy

    Getting on Board - the Paper Work: Emergency contact, Liability and Media Release, Contact Info and Coordinating Schedule
    5 Quizzes
  2. Creating and Keeping a Safe and Productive Work Environment
    2 Topics
  3. Keeping a timelog
  4. Who is a Water Protector
  5. Pathways, Principles and Premises of Becoming a Water Protector
    Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection
  6. Keeping a Journal with Field Notes
  7. Tracking your Journey
    What I need to take notes on+ journal prompts
  8. Scavenger Hunt
  9. How have people traditionally used the watershed and protected community values in a changing world?
  10. Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Contemporary Science for Improved Community and Water Security
    How has land use in the past compare to how it's being used now in the watershed?
  11. Protecting Community Values in a Changing World
  12. What is a Watershed?
  13. What are the basic elements of understanding and assessing a watershed?
    Geology & soil conditions in the watershed
  14. Observe and Assess- Reading the Landscape
  15. Best Practices for Improving Watershed Management
  16. Watershed & Ecological Restoration Practices
    Restoring streams
  17. Erosion Control
  18. Vegetation and Aquatic Ecology in the Watershed
  19. Why it's important to share what we find
  20. Telling the Story of Your Watershed Academy Experience
    How to create a community presentation on what I learned
  21. How to Interview an Elder
  22. Learning From the Past
    Resources and Interview Prompts
  23. Community organizing for improved watershed health
  24. Become a Leader
    How to build a strong team
Lesson 12 of 24
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What is a Watershed?

February 14, 2023

What is a Watershed?

We all know from the water cycle, that water is evaporated from the surface and falls in the form of rain and snow, but depending on where you are determines your watershed.


Watch this video for a better understanding of what a watershed looks like and how to find yours.

What does a healthy watershed look like?

A healthy watershed will produce streamflow in local rivers that are based on several factors.  The hydrology of a watershed can be assessed by looking at several elements:
Identify the size of the watershed – how to identify the boundaries of a watershed (delineate the size of a watershed using a topographic map)
Identify the typical rainfall amounts at different elevations How much water evaporation occurs at different locations in the watershed

For more content on watersheds visit this link:
Watershed hydrology lecture series –