We are building a worldwide visualization of all stream networks whereby anyone who has a web browser can investigate the globe and click on a landmass to see how water at that location drains to the ocean via intermediary streams, rivers, deltas, and bays. As a close partner of The Ocean Project, which sponsored our work for the first two years of project growth, we make strong connections between watershed health and ocean health, as a large majority of watershed waters end up in the ocean.The visualization is built bottom-up whereby any community can manage the stream network data and water characteristics description for their local watershed. Scientific, long-term modeling of watershed characteristics is coordinated by the community. Wiki-like review by knowledgeable scientists facilitates long-term quality improvements over time, but puts responsibility for primary management in the hands of watershed councils, water keepers, and their communities.
Thoughtful, realizable, bottom-up ideas are always considered for implementation in Watersheds Project work. An adopt-a-stream-segment exemplifies a potential facility for allocating stream quality accountability and knowledge acquisition worldwide. Having worked with watershed scientists, we will aim to connect the top-down scientist approaches we have seen in action with bottom-up general public understanding.
The Watersheds Project provides communities around the world with mapping tools to build a strong geospatial visual literacy on the subject of the local watershed. We also provide on-line tutorials and educational materials to teach watershed visualization, which enables community action towards watershed quality (e.g. water quality, biodiversity, native species, eco-friendly development, etc.).
As of January 1, 2011 the Watersheds Project is a separate, fiscally-supported project of The Ocean Foundation. The Watersheds Project will continue to work closely with the Ocean Foundation to leverage shared agendas, missions and business plans. Tax deductible contributions can be made via our online form.