What is a Watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. Homes, farms, cottages, forests, small towns, big cities and more can make up watersheds. Some cross municipal, provincial and even international borders. They come in all shapes and sizes and can vary from millions of acres, like the land that drains into the Great Lakes, to a few acres that drain into a pond.
The Lower Trent watershed region encompasses 2,121 square kilometres and stretches from Grafton to Quinte West, and from Rice Lake to Lake Ontario. Our watershed region is divided in to 12 subwatersheds. Some form part of the Trent River drainage basin; the rest include streams flowing directly into Lake Ontario of the Bay of Quinte. To learn more about the health of the 12 subwatersheds within our watershed region, see our 2013 Watershed Report Card.
- Want to learn more about watersheds? Check out Watersheds 101.
Backgrounder on Conservation Authorities and Watersheds
- Canada Water Week website
- Canadian Geographic Protect Your Water Resources website