"That area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community". - Wesley Powell (Scientist and Geographer)
Essentially, a watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place.
The City of Flint is part of the Flint River Watershed and any water that runs off from any portion of the University property or City eventually flows into the Flint River. University of Michigan-Flint is focused on protecting storms drains from all contaminants; and preventing run off of sediment and pollutants from entering navigable waters like the Flint River.
The University Outreach, Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) and Flint River Corridor Alliance (FRCA) are principle leaders and partners in our community providing vision, education, outreach and leadership in the are of storm water management and river preservation/protection. Visit their web site to learn more about the watershed you live in or how to get involved in various fun volunteer opportunities.
Why is stormwater management important?
Storm water management is important to all communities, particularly Flint because it focuses on controlling sources of runoff and preventing flooding by collecting storm water and transporting it off site while at the same time not causing adverse effects to our environment. By improving our collective efforts in stormwater management we can prevent downstream flooding, stream bank erosion, increased turbidity, habitat destruction, changes in stream flow, sewer overflow, infrastructure damage, and contamination of aquifers, streams, rivers, and our Irreplaceable Great Lakes. Additionally, we can preserve our rivers and lakes for safe and enjoyable recreation.
Courtesy of EPA: Watershed Central Website