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What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land in which all of the water that enters it, drains into a common water body. Also known as a drainage basin, it can be thought of as a "funnel" that collects surface water and ground water and drains it into a single stream, lake, ocean or other reservoir. Hills and ridges usually separate one watershed from the next.

Where is my watershed?

Florida has 29 major watersheds, as seen on the map below. Visit the EPA website with a map of Florida watersheds to learn more about your watershed. 


What USDA programs help my watershed?

The USDA Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program provides technical and financial assistance to states, local governments or Tribes as project sponsors to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans.

For more information on this program go to our Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program webpage.