Water: Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds
The coastal watershed has several parts. It starts up at the beginning headwaters of the streams and rivers that ultimately drain down to the coastal areas.
Estuaries and the lands surrounding them are places of transition from land to sea, and from fresh to salt water.
Comprising 39.9 million acres, lakes and reservoirs are a major water resource in this country.
The global ocean affects the health and safety of the world by providing food, recreation, local weather amelioration, and global climate stabilization.
As streams and rivers flow to coastal waters, they are influenced by many land and water uses.
A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off it goes into the same place.
Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas.