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A watershed is defined by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as the outflow of a reservoir, mouth of a bay, or any point along a stream channel. Thus, watershed management is a key step in the restoration of polluted, or impaired waterbodies. This management and planning can also be used to protect healthy watersheds.

There are several watersheds located within the Southwest Conservation District. Below are current and past water management plans that the SWCD is/has been involved in: