It’s kind of like a Zip code. Or a school attendance zone. Or a neighborhood.
A watershed is an area of land that drains to the same place. Everyone lives in a watershed. And our watershed can be affected by our individual actions.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s watersheds are named for the largest creek or lakeshore. In each watershed, all of the rainfall and runoff flows into that creek or lake.
Did you know?
||Watersheds are sometimes called “basins.” A basin is like a kitchen sink. In a sink or in a watershed, all of the water drains to the same place.
If you have two kitchen sinks side by side, water in each sink goes down a separate drain. Likewise, the water in side-by-side watersheds flows to separate creeks.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg has more than 80 named creeks. Those creeks are grouped into 22 creek watersheds and four lake watersheds.
• Not all Charlotte-Mecklenburg creeks flow to the south. Some flow to the west. Some even flow to the northeast!
• Ridges are the areas of higher elevation that create the border of each watershed.
• The names of some local creeks date back to the mid 1700s.
What’s your watershed?
Use the interactive Geospatial Portal
. Type your address in the Search box. Click “Environment” on the left.
Why do watersheds matter?
in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and in North Carolina