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What is a
A watershed is the
area of land where all water running off the land drains to a particular location. This
location can be a stream, river, lake, wetland or ocean. No matter where you live, work,
or play, you are in a watershed. A watershed can be millions of square miles (like the
watershed for the Mississippi River) to a few acres (like the watershed of a farm pond).
The eleven major watersheds in Jefferson County all eventually drain to the Ohio River.
The major Jefferson County watersheds are:
- Cedar Creek
- Floyds Fork
- Goose Creek
- Harrods Creek
- Middle Fork of Beargrass Creek
- Mill Creek
- Muddy Fork of Beargrass Creek
- Ohio River
- Pennsylvania Run
- Pond Creek
- South Fork of Beargrass Creek
Management is a holistic approach to managing the combined impacts to the water resources
and habitat within a watershed. Examples of these impacts are land use practices, erosion,
wastewater treatment systems, stormwater collection systems, and pesticide uses. There are
four major features unique to watershed management. The features are:
- Create an inventory of the watershed and target priority problems.
- Involve a maximum amount of stakeholders in decision making.
- Use the expertise and authority of the regulatory agencies.
- Measure the success thorough monitoring and other data collection.
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