Watersheds

What is a Watershed?


"We all live in a watershed — the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. Working together using a watershed approach will help protect our nation's water resources. A watershed approach is the most effective framework to address today's water resource challenges. Watersheds supply drinking water, provide recreation and sustain life. More than $450 billion in food and fiber, manufactured goods and tourism depends on clean water and healthy watersheds." ( US EPA, 2002 )


Watershed Approach to Water Quality Management


Surface Water Management staff provide support to four watershed councils in Pierce County. Watershed councils involve partnerships with cities, resource agencies, watershed groups and citizens to improve water quality and habitat, educate citizens and increase public awareness about watershed issues. Learn more about the councils and how to get involved:
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Tom Kantz
Watershed Services Supervisor
Phone: (253) 798-4625
Fax: (253) 798-7709
Monday–Friday
7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mailing Address:
2702 S 42nd St, Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98409-7322