What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land over and through which water flows to the lowest point - a stream, river, wetland, or lake. Watersheds catch precipitation and accumulate water into flows across or under the landscape. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Watersheds can be hilly, mountainous, or nearly flat and can be comprised of many land uses including forests, farms, towns and cities.
Why are watersheds important?
We live, play, and raise our children in watersheds. Our drinking water comes from watersheds. Our watersheds provide resources for the economy, recreation, and wildlife. Everything that we do on the land is within a watershed.
What is your watershed address?
No matter where we are, we are always in a watershed. Look at the following maps and determine your watershed address. A watershed address is the name of the watershed in which you live.
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How to protect your watershed
Protecting our watersheds in Sullivan County means clean water in our streams. Clean water in our streams means healthy drinking water in our homes. It provides for safe water activities, such as swimming and boating and a healthy environment for abundant wildlife and natural resources in and around our aquatic environments. Clean water is essential for life. Threats to our clean water do not follow political boundaries, but occur within watersheds.
By joining your local watershed group and volunteering on clean-up and restoration projects, you can play a part in ensuring clean water for future generations.
Watershed associations throughout Sullivan County are working to stabilize stream banks, restore riparian buffers along our streams, control invasive plant species, restore fisheries, monitor water quality, encourage better management practices for storm water and land use, and educate their communities on the importance of environmental protection and conservation.
The use of PA Fish and Boat Commission Habitat Improvement Structures not only help provide enhanced habitat for streams but also provides stability to eroding stream banks. The structures are low-cost and tend to hold up very well with high flow events.
LCWA January 2017 Newsletter
Loyalsock Creek Watershed Winter 2015 Newsletter
Loyalsock Creek Watershed September 2014 Newsletter
LCWA May Newsletter 2014
Loyalsock Creek Watershed March 2014 Newsletter
Loyalsock Creek Watershed October 2013 Newsletter
Loyalsock Creek Watershed July 2013 Newsletter
Visit Our Photo Gallery for pictures of watershed association activities.
Useful Links to more Watershed Management Information:
PA Department of Environmental Protection NC Regional Office
Growing Greener Grants Program
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds
EPA Watershed Planning and Grant Programs
For additional information, contact:
Phone: (570) 928-0109