What is a Watershed?
What is it?
If you live in Sandy Springs, just look down. You are standing in a watershed. A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. All areas of Sandy Spring are part of a watershed.
John Wesley Powell, scientist, geographer, put it best when he said that a watershed is: “that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community.”
Why is it important?
All Sandy Springs residents live in a watershed. Watersheds are the places we call home, where we work and where we play. Everyone relies on water and other natural resources to exist. What you and others do on the land impacts the quality and quantity of water and our other natural resources.
When we all do our part to preserve our creeks, we reduce the risk of flooding and erosion in our city. Flooding and erosion can cause property and land damage that is costly in terms of dollars and time spent.
• Nancy Creek, 4,567 acres
• Long Island Creek, 4,224 acres
• Heards Creek,4,130 acres
• Marsh Creek, 3,606 acres
• Sullivan Creek, 4,567 acres
• Crooked Creek, 4,342 acres
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Georgia Water Coalition
- Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
- Rivers Alive
- Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
- Green Law
- U.S. Geological Survey
- The University of Georgia
College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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