Key Concepts in Watershed Health and Systems Management

Managing for health seeks to embrace and enhance the natural processes that make our systems resilient and sustains them over time.



WHAF Project Overview Brochure (PDF, 16 MB)

Watershed Practitioner's Workbook - Introduction (PDF, 3 MB)

Healthy Rivers and Watershed stories - Learn about the 5 components as they apply to river systems; view lessons learned from river systems that were not managed as systems

River continuum concept - Connectivity in river systems extends in all directions, up and down stream, into the floodplain, and below ground.  A multi-faceted understanding of hydrologic connectivity is needed.

Making connections - The dynamic relationship between different parts of a natural system express themselves in many ways.  Examples of changes on the landscape can be connected to the forces at work to help us better understand these relationships.

What is watershed health? - Explore the concept of watershed health by comparing it to human health.

Managing systems - Understanding the five-component system of evaluating watershed health - Hydrology, Connectivity, Biology, Geomorphology and Water Quality.

What is a watershed? - The simple answer is that a watershed contains all the land and water features that drain excess surface water to a specific location on the landscape.