The watershed specialist works with many project partners including the Bushkill Stream Conservancy, the Martins Jacoby Watershed Association, Heritage Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy, Northampton County municipalities, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, as well as many others.
A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place (generally a creek or river).As you might imagine a watershed can be many different sizes. They cross county, state, and national boundaries, and no matter where you are, you're in a watershed!
For example, here in Northampton County, we all live in the Delaware River Watershed, since all of our waterways make their way to the Delaware River. Because the Delaware River Watershed contains many streams and rivers, it contains many other smaller watersheds.
For instance, in Williams Township, the Fry's Run watershed drains directly to the Delaware River. While people living in the western and some southern portions of the county are on land that drains to the Lehigh River, which is on its way to the Delaware River, via the Monocacy, Hokendauqua, and Saucon Creeks, as well as other streams and creeks.Watersheds are more than just drainage areas in and around our communities. They provide all of the drinking water for people and wildlife, and they provide the opportunity for recreation and enjoyment of nature, among others things.
Meet Your Watershed (an 11" x 17" introduction to Northampton County Watersheds)
We all influence what happens in our watershed, good or bad, and whatever happens in our small watersheds also affects the larger watershed downstream.What watershed do you live in? Click on the
Northampton County Watersheds find out!
There are two types of water resource pollution,
Point Source and Nonpoint Source.
Everyone can help to minimize nonpoint source pollution. Just a few things you can do to protect water resources include the following:
1. Bertsch-Hokendauqua-Catasauqua Watershed Association 2. Bushkill Stream Conservancy
3. Cook’s Creek Watershed Association 4. Fry’s Run Watershed Association
5. Martins-Jacoby Watershed Association
6. Monocacy Creek Watershed Association 7. Saucon Creek Watershed Association
8. Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley (An umbrellas group of all the independent watershed orgs in the Valley (www.watershedcoalitionlv.org)
Water Resources Education Network
Delaware River Basin Commission
Delaware Estuary Program
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds & Rivers
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Watershed Weekly Webcast