Did You Know That You Live in a Watershed?
Yes, that’s right. We all live in a watershed. What’s a watershed? It’s a fancy word describing an area of land that drains or ’sheds’ its water to a river or lake from higher to lower elevations.
The area you are in is part of a watershed and the water is flowing somewhere. Every raindrop from a storm falls into a watershed. Where does the stormwater from your yard go? It flows to the nearest lake, river or stream, and eventually to the ocean. Everyone lives in a watershed (except the astronauts in the Space Station)!
How about the stormwater from your school, where does it go? Is it in the same watershed as your yard? All of the water in Abilene ultimately ends up in Lake Fort Phantom where you swim and play.
Save Our Waterways
The water in Abilene’s creeks and lakes needs your help. Yes, your help. Here are a few ways you can help keep Abilene’s water clean and Save Our Waterways:
Have fun and you can learn more about how you can help prevent pollution in storm water! Check out these cool links:
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Learning and Teaching about the Environment
- Texas Department of Transportation - Tex and Dot’s water quality coloring and activity book (PDF)
- What is a Watershed? (Video targeting middle and high school students) How human actions affect the health of a watershed and the quality of water within it.
- Lesson Plans for Educators (air, water, waste/recycling) Download free lesson plans with Science TEKS references.
- Field Guides to Water Education, Student Handouts and more. (available in Spanish also)
Are you interested in making Abilene clean and proud? Adopting a street or creek is a great way for groups, businesses or individuals to designate an area they pledge to keep clean. Your area can be a street, a creek, a neighborhood, a park, etc.
Here Is How It Works
- Pick a public location close to your home, office, or meeting place, or ask Keep Abilene Beautiful (KAB) to help you pick a spot.
- A sign with your group name will be placed in your area.
- Designate a leader, someone who is responsible for announcing cleanup dates, organizing volunteers, and getting the Adopt-a-Spot supplies from KAB. Supplies include trash bags and Grab-Its!
- Get together to clean your area! You can remove litter and debris, plant trees and flowers, paint, etc.