A couple of months ago, in the column about exploring lakes and ponds, we talked about a lake’s watershed. Now, if you read that and your first thought was “is that a building that stores water?” — you’re not alone.
A watershed is all the land that drains water to a central location, such as a river, lake, or ocean. It’s important to know about our local watersheds, because what happens in one part of a watershed can affect all of us downstream.
So, this month, we’re learning about watersheds and discovering ways to explore them with kids.
What is a watershed?
Imagine that a drop of water lands on the ground right where you’re standing or sitting (or on your roof if you’re inside) and, instead of soaking into the soil, flows downhill. Where would it flow?
For example, from where I’m sitting right now, a drop would land on our roof at the Land Trust office in downtown Wenatchee, then drain into the storm drain. Then, it would make its way to the Columbia River — so I know I’m in the Columbia River Watershed.