About Our Water

The Kalamazoo River Watershed

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is the land area that drains to one stream, river or lake. Every inch of the United States is part of a watershed.

Why is a healthy watershed important?

Healthy watersheds result in a healthy aquatic ecosystem. Healthy watersheds have intact natural habitat with native vegetation, unpolluted waters and natural hydrology with minimum channelization, dams and other obstructions to flow and wildlife migration.

Healthy watersheds are vital to quality outdoor recreation including paddling, fishing, swimming and wildlife viewing. Healthy watersheds also are important for those communities that get their drinking water from surface waters and provide economic benefits through increased tourism and property values.

For more on watersheds, visit water.usgs.gov.


It’s All Connected

Watersheds exist at different geographic scales, so any given land area is part of many watersheds.

In the City of Battle Creek, you are in the Battle Creek River Watershed, which is in the Kalamazoo River Watershed, which is in the Great Lakes Watershed.

The Great Lakes are connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence River.

Visit the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council webpage for more watershed information


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