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Saturday, October 25, 2014

What Is A Watershed?

Everyone lives, works and plays in a watershed. A watershed is an area of land that drains runoff to a particular creek, lake, or larger waterway. Watersheds drain water from the highest to lowest point. In the first diagram below, the land within the white line is the watershed that drains in the direction of the arrows into the larger creek. The larger creek then flows into a river or ocean.


 Photo: The Center for Watershed Protection

 

Wilmington Watersheds

Click on the Wilmington Watersheds Map below to see which watershed you live in and to determine the destination of runoff leaving your property. All watersheds in the city limits eventually drain into the Cape Fear River or the Intracoastal Waterway/Atlantic Ocean. Check out the following examples:

  • If you live in the Hewletts Creek Watershed, runoff from your property will drain into Hewletts Creek, then eventually into the Intracoastal Waterway, and ultimately the ocean.
     
  • If you live in the Burnt Mill Creek Watershed, runoff from your property will drain into Burnt Mill Creek, then eventually into the Cape Fear River, and ultimately the ocean.

(click map to view larger)

 

Learn More!

What is a Watershed? (article)

Watershed Handout

 Wilmington Watersheds Map
To find the watershed you live in,
click map & zoom!

 

NC River Basins
According to maps redeveloped by the NC Division of Water Quality in 2010, portions of Wilmington watersheds are now located in the Cape Fear River Basin 
and the White Oak River Basin.
For instance, Howe, Bradley, Hewletts, and Whiskey Creek Watersheds are now considered to be in the White Oak River Basin.  These watersheds drain into the Intracoastal Waterway
(click map below)



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