WatershedsWetlands are a part of a larger watershed context. A watershed is an area of land where all of the water is somehow connected to each other (above ground or underground) in a water system made up of a tributary of headwater streams, different kinds of wetlands, lakes or ponds (or both), rivers, creeks and/or major streams, flowing into another water body, possibly a large lake, large river, or ocean. Often when wetland managers talk about protecting wetlands, they are also considering the watershed (streams, lakes, ponds, other waters, ocean) that are part of the bigger picture. On this webpage, there are resources and publications related to watersheds.


It is like water seeping –  into the most unexpected places, rising, falling, rising, filling the basins of the human heart.Terry Tempest Williams

Common Questions: Establishing Local Government Wetlands and Watershed Management Programs

by Jon Kusler, Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. (6/26/06) This guide is based upon several more detailed reports available from ASWM including Wetlands and Watershed Management, A Guidebook for Local Governments and Wetlands and Watershed Management: A Collection of Papers. To download guide in PDF, click here

Multi-Objective Wetland Restoration in Watershed Contexts

by Jon Kusler, Ph.D., Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. (11/1/04)This report focuses on multi-objective wetland restoration projects. Fifteen case study profiles are included.To view report in PDF, click here.

Publications & Resources

American Rivers – 2012

The report highlights ten rivers whose fate will be decided in the coming year, and encourages decision-makers to do the right thing for the rivers and the communities they support. It presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river. For more information, click here.  To go directly to the report, click here. For interactive map of rivers in U.S., click here.

The Association of Watershed & Stormwater Professional (AWSP) is currently soliciting short (5,000 words or less) articles for the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 issues of the Watershed Science Bulletin. The Fall 2012: Watershed Planning issue features development and implementation of watershed-based plans have been a popular approach to water resources management since they were first promoted by EPA and other agencies in the late 1980s. This issue will feature research on the current status of watershed plans and their effectiveness in protecting water resources and will highlight innovative watershed-based policies, tools, funding mechanisms, and new data that can assist communities developing watershed plans. The deadline for article submissions of the Fall 2012 issue is April 6, 2012.  The Spring 2013: Green Infrastructure issue features green infrastructure strives to improve water quality and aquatic ecosystems, and to positively affect social and economic aspects within communities. The goal of this issue is to support national and local efforts to help fill gaps in our knowledge about the performance of green infrastructure at site and landscape-scale applications, approaches taken to implement green infrastructure within a community, its cost-effectiveness, and how green infrastructure, in its many forms, fit into programs to protect and restore watersheds. The deadline for article submissions of the Spring 2013 issue is October 5, 2012.  For more information, click here.

Clean Water American Alliance – March 1, 2012

The Clean Water America Alliance announced winners today of the 2012 U.S. Water Prize for watershed-based approaches toward water sustainability.  “These six water champions are showing America how to innovate, integrate, and educate for water sustainability and economic success,” explained Alliance President Ben Grumbles. U.S. Water Prize winners by alphabetical order are Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, PepsiCo Frito-Lay, Philadelphia Water Department, Project WET Foundation, Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For full story, click here.

New EPA website on nutrient pollution policy and data helps individuals access information on EPA actions to reduce nutrient pollution, state efforts to develop numeric nutrient criteria, and EPA tools, data, research, and reports related to nutrient pollution. Visit the website, click here. Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water.

New EPA website on nutrient pollution for homeowners, students, and educators. The site features information explaining the problem of nutrient pollution; the sources of the pollution; how it affects the environment, economy, and public health; and what people can do to reduce the problem. The site also features an interactive map of local case studies in reducing nutrient pollution. Visit the website, click here.

February 2012

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is developing a potential new approach for managing water levels and flows in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system. The system's current water regulation plan has become outdated. It is unable to deal with future conditions and has hurt the region's ecosystem. The IJC's proposed approach attempts to balance the region's many interests, and ensure it has a water regulation system that can address current and future challenges.