Water: Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds
Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
We all live in a watershed — the area that drains to a common waterway, such as a stream, lake, estuary, wetland, aquifer, or even the ocean — and our individual actions can directly affect it. Working together using a watershed approach will help protect our nation's water resources. Wetlands are important elements of a watershed because they serve as the link between land and water resources. Oceans, coasts, and estuaries provide critical natural habitat and recreational areas for our nation. With coastal populations increasing, pressures on oceans and coastal waters are growing.
OWOW has launched a new outreach campaign to help spread the word about the findings from the National Lakes Assessment (NLA). According to the NLA, poor lakeshore habitat and excess nutrients are leading stressors affecting the quality of our nation's lakes. Download our new Natural Lakeshores Widget and help spread the word about clean lakes and healthy lakeshores. The widget includes a series of ten tips for improved shoreline stewardship focusing on natural lakeshores.
Recent News and Updates
- May 15, 2013: Archived Version of May 1, 2013 Webcast on "Using Social Indicators in Watershed Management Projects" is now available
- April 19, 2013: Archived version of April 3, 2013 Watershed Academy Webcast on "Draft National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008–2009: A Collaborative Survey" is now available
- April 17, 2013: Registration is now open for the May 1, 2013 Watershed Academy Webcast on "Using Social Indicators in Watershed Management Projects"
- March 26, 2013: Registration is now open for April 3, 2013 Watershed Academy Webcast on "Draft National Rivers and Streams Assessment 2008-2009: A Collaborative Survey"
- February 19, 2013: Registration is now open for March 6, 2013 Watershed Academy Webcast on "Water Quality Exchange: A Tool for Tribes, Volunteer Monitors and Others to Share WQ Data"