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What is a Watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a common point, such as a nearby creek, stream, river or lake. Every small watershed drains to a larger watershed that eventually flows to the ocean. Watersheds support a wide variety of plants and wildlife and provide many outdoor recrea- tion opportunities. By protecting the health of our watersheds we can preserve and enhance the quality of life for Wonder Lake area residents.

What is stormwater runoff?

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow. It flows... READ MORE


Storm water enters our waterways unfiltered and untreated. Storm water runoff is all the water that runs off hard surfaces during rainstorms. This water does not seep into the ground during storms; instead it runs straight into streams, rivers, and lakes. Storm sewer drains are installed to carry excess runoff away from the areas where we live. Storm sewers do not carry excess runoff to the sewage treatment plant, as many people believe. The collected runoff is released directly into our waterways untreated. There are many reasons why storm water runoff can... READ MORE