Watersheds touch many sides of life
You can take steps to keep the one you live in healthy
By Rick Oestrike
For the Poughkeepsie Journal
No matter where you live, you are in a watershed. A watershed is a region of land that drains downward to a particular body of water.
It has interconnected streams, lakes, wetlands and underground waters moving generally downhill to the body of water the watershed is named for.
The Hudson River watershed encompasses a large region where rainwater and snowmelt moves downward to the Hudson River. The Fishkill Creek watershed is a smaller region within the larger Hudson River watershed.
We all live in watersheds, but do they actually affect our lives? Yes, they do.
Consider the following:
A Marist College study in 1997 found visitors to the Wappinger Creek watershed add in excess of $1.2 million each year to the local economy by fishing, boating and hiking. Similar contributions to the local economy occur from the other watersheds in our area.
So it's a good idea to protect watersheds, but I'm only one person, what can I do?
Below are several ways you can help protect your watershed. Visit our Web site at FishkillCreekWatershed.org for more ideas.
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