Watershed Basics

Watershed Academy Web Online (EPA, OWOW)

This Web site offers a variety of self-paced training modules that represent a basic and broad introduction to the watershed management field. The modules are organized by the six themes: Introductory/Overview; Watershed Ecology; Watershed Change; Analysis and Planning; Management Practices; and Community/Social/Water Law. Modules vary in the time they take to complete, from ½ hour to 2 hours. Fifteen of them are the core modules for the Watershed Academy Certificate Program.

Watershed Terminology (McCammon, Watershed Management Council)

The terminology used to reference "watersheds" is not standardized and often creates a miscommunication when people do not share the same sense of scale for a given watershed term. The author suggests watershed terminology that, in his experience, helps to communicate the relative size of watersheds. The term "watershed" is commonly used to refer to an area; specifically, the area in which all surface waters flow to a common point. A great deal of confusion and misunderstanding is created by the inconsistent use of terms to describe the relative size of watersheds. One way to minimize the confusion is to use a consistent set of terms that is based on established systems for subdividing large watersheds into smaller ones. The preferred terms presented here - Region, Subregion, River Basin, Subbasin, Watershed, Subwatershed, Drainage, and Site - are consistent with the common interpretation of relative watershed size.

Water Science Glossary (US Geological Survey compilation)

This list of water-related terms is compiled from a number of sources and should not be considered an "official" U.S. Geological Survey water glossary. A detailed water glossary is kept by the Water Quality Association, and an extremely detailed water dictionary is offered by the Nevada Division of Water Planning).

Watershed Basics (University of Arizona)

The purpose of the project, for which this web site is one of the primary manifestations, is to bring to the public the knowledge and data gleaned from the Arizona Watershed Program. The goal is to take the years of accumulated watershed management research and package it in a form that is useful to a broad spectrum of the public. The challenge is to provide information that other researcher will find useful as well as information that teachers, students, pubic administrators, and the general public can use.

Indicators of Watershed Health

Environmental Indicator Technical Assistance Series (Florida State University)

The Catalog of Environmental Indicators , the Catalog of Data Sources, State Indicators of National Significance (SINS), and the Directory of Environmental Indicator Practitioners comprise the four volume set of the Environmental Indicator Technical Assistance Series. The purpose of the Series is to assist state environmental agencies in improving their environmental management capabilities through the development of environmental goals and indicators and integrating them into their environmental management systems.