Why “Watershed”?

Why did I name my website watershedwildlife.com? There is no perfect website address for us do-it-yourselfers. A domain name is usually registered online for an annual fee from a website hosting company. You have the option of spending a great deal of money to purchase a short, catchy website name from someone else who registered it for potential profit, or invent your own. It is a tedious process creating a domain name that is original.

My website address, and as a result the watershedwildlife blog address, is quite long and doesn’t easily roll off the tongue. It isn’t as easy to remember as “Facebook” or “Twitter”. I ended up using a domain name that was descriptive rather than catchy.

I thought it would be a good idea to mention the significance of the term “watershed” before  further blog posts.


The term; “watershed” limits the boundaries of a locale that inherently influence conditions for supporting wildlife. Referencing  a particular watershed helps to identify the an area for the purpose of  discussion.

There are many definitions of a watershed. Some are very technical and others, like the one by Wesley Powell, a geologist, defines it with words that are equally difficult to follow…“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.”

Here’s my definition: A watershed is all of  the land that has its drainage common to one interconnected water system.

Watersheds can also be defined by how they function. This gets into terms like Non Point Source (NPS) pollution and Low Impact Development (LID) techniques. Good stuff for a future post.

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