Map Courtesy of the Ausable River Association

Map Courtesy of the Ausable River Association

A watershed is an ecological community defined by the topography of the land and the flow of fresh water to a common point. Natural topography defines the boundaries of a watershed and directs flow down slope. Water moves through soils and sediments into streams, ponds, wetlands and lakes, nurturing forests and fields and creating interconnected land and water habitats for plant and animal communities.

We all live in a watershed and share an interest in watershed health. Watersheds provide the water we drink, the soil in which we grow our food, and the lakes and rivers we use for fishing, boating, and swimming. It’s no surprise, then, that human activities such as building and maintaining roads and driveways, building and maintaining homes, harvesting timber, managing farms, using hiking trails and more affects watersheds and water quality and quantity. But just as human activity creates challenges for water quality and quantity, your actions can help protect the watershed in which you live, work, and play.

LPLC contributes to the protection of the Ausable and Saranac River watersheds by conserving critical open space and wildlife habitat along lakes, rivers and streams where development has particularly severe impacts on scenery and wildlife, and also contribute to flooding, and pollution in lakes, rivers and streams.

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