Protecting our watersheds is everyone's responsibility. A watershed is an area of land that drains to a common body of water, such as a nearby creek, stream, river or lake. Watersheds support a wide variety of plant and wildlife and provide outdoor recreation opportunities for resident. Protecting the health of our watersheds can preserve and enhance the quality of life for residents as well as those living downstream. You can learn more about what the problems are and what you can do to protect the watershed in this publication Know your Watershed.