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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.

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