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Water: Office of Wetlands, Oceans & Watersheds

Our Waters

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  • Coasts
    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
    Estuaries and the lands surrounding them are places of transition from land to sea, and from fresh to salt water.


  • Lakes
    Comprising 39.9 million acres, lakes and reservoirs are a major water resource in this country.


  • Oceans
    The global ocean affects the health and safety of the world by providing food, recreation, local weather amelioration, and global climate stabilization.


  • Rivers/Streams
    As streams and rivers flow to coastal waters, they are influenced by many land and water uses.


  • Watersheds
    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
    Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes, bogs and similar areas.

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