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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Watersheds: We're All In This Together

Andrea Lorene Ludwig, Assistant ProfessorCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources - Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science

Most simply, rivers drain water and carry sediment, but it's how water moves across the landscape and into these rivers that makes the system interesting. A watershed is the land area that drains to a particular point in the landscape, but from a socio-economic standpoint it is far more than that. Rivers create communities and sculpt economic development, so we are members of both our communities and our watersheds, with watershed boundaries and behavior affecting how we live every day. This presentation examines watersheds from an engineering, scientific, and social perspective. It examines current threats to watersheds and discusses efforts to utilize, protect, and restore them so as to preserve their benefits to our communities.​

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