What is a watershed?
Everyone lives in a watershed. It is defined by hills and ridges that drain to a common body of water. Think of it like a funnel. Picture rain water falling on a hill, miles from the nearest stream. When the rain falls, some of the water soaks into the soil and some evaporates into the air. Everything else runs off the land. That water joins small streams and wetlands that drain into lakes and rivers, eventually connecting to Lake Michigan in our case.
The Greater Lansing area falls within the Grand River Watershed which eventually drains into Lake Michigan. To aid in the restoration of each watershed they a broken down into smaller areas.
Seventeen of the communities that fall within these defined local watersheds are a part of a cooperative effort called the Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management.
Regional Volunteer Watershed Groups
Watershed Management Plans
Watershed management plans are one way that communities understand and address the impacts of pollutants in local rivers, lakes and wetlands. Watershed management plans have been developed for the middle grand region.
– Grand River Watershed Management Plan
– Red Cedar River Watershed Management Plan
– Upper Maple River Watershed Management Plan