Third Graders Learn about Protecting Watersheds

Kelly McClurg’s third grade class enjoyed a special visit from Mary Gilaspey. Gilaspey works at Metro Waste Authority and shared steps we need to do to protect our watershed.

What is a watershed?
It’s the area of land that catches rain and snow and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater.  Homes, farms, ranches, forests, small towns, big cities and more can make up watersheds. Some cross county, state, and even international borders. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. Some are millions of square miles, others are just a few acres. Just as creeks drain into rivers, watersheds are nearly always part of a larger watershed.

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