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  • 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. John Wesley Powell, scientist geographer, put it best when he said that a watershed is:
    "that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."


    Within each watershed are layers of time, of story, of place; configurations of wetlands, manmade and ancient, beavers dams and hydro dams, ponds and streams, pools and rivers, run off and farmland irrigation, pumps, dams, and species in abundance, species endangered or scarce, graveyards, skeletons of mills , farmsteads, and bridges, native plants and invasive ones, lilacs and cat tails, purple loosestrife and nasty milfoil.
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