What is a Watershed?

An area of land that drains to a common body of water, such as a stream, creek, river, pond, lake or ocean. It is the entire land area that contributes runoff to a particular body of water. Watersheds come in all different sizes. Wayne County has six main watersheds. The main watersheds in Wayne County are the: Chippewa Creek, Killbuck Creek, Sugar Creek, Tuscarawas, Mohican River and Muddy Fork River. All of our water eventually flows to the Muskingum River, which flows to the Ohio River and then proceeds to the Mississippi River, which eventually runs into the Gulf of Mexico. The amount and quality of water in a stream or other water body is the direct result of everything humans do on the land surrounding it.

Want to find your local watershed? Enter your zip code or city name on EPA's website, and it will give you your local watershed.  Visit this great EPA website to find YOUR local watershed and any water quality issues! 

Another Watershed Link for OHIO... visit the Ohio Watershed Network and the if you click on your area of interest you can find your 8-digit HUC code and a link to a list of watershed groups in your area.

Maps of Ohio Watersheds & Drainage Basins - by ODNR  Division of Water Resources - a site to learn more and download maps of PRINCIPAL STREAMS & THEIR DRAINAGE AREAS in Ohio! 

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Wayne County is served by 52 watersheds according to ODNR, seven of which drain over 90% of the county.

For more information click this link.