What is a Watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that channels rainfall, snowmelt, and runoff to waterways like creeks and rivers. Source: NOAA
These waterways eventually lead to large bodies of water like bays and oceans.
The Maquoketa River Watershed channels water into creeks and streams that flow into the Maquoketa River.
The river then flows into the Mississippi River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
This map shows all of the HUC-8 watersheds in Iowa. Our watershed is outlined in blue.