Department of Environmental Studies
Today American watersheds are no longer the clean, pristine and biologically diverse areas first explored and inhabited by Native Americans. A watershed is defined as the area from which water drains into a waterbody. Efforts to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the watershed has led to the Watershed Protection Approach created by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A watershed approach enables a broad view of water resources that reflect the true interrelationship of surface water, chemical quality, non-chemical stressors, water quality and land management. Effective lake and watershed management must be based on addressing the causes of environmental problems rather than the symptoms alone. The early detection of water quality problems often lead to simpler, less expensive and more effective solutions. Despite all these benefits, there are currently no comprehensive mechanisms for watershed protection in existence at the state or local level. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to develop a Watershed Protection Approach for Lake Hancock in order to improve the quality of the water.