Watersheds

  • What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land that drains its water to the lowest point, a common outlet at a stream, lake or wetland.
  • How is water quality affected? On its way to the common outlet, water travels over the land surface including farm fields, forest land, urban areas or it seeps into the soil and moves as groundwater. Every land use activity in a watershed can affect its water quality.

Watershed Associations, Friends Groups, and Other Natural Resources Groups 

The office of Lakes and Watersheds maintains a list of  watershed associations, friends groups, and other natural resource groups that are acting to protect and improve water quality in Dane County.

 

LWRM Plan Major Basins and Watersheds

General Watershed Statistics

Watershed Name

Size (acres)

Allen Creek and Middle Sugar River

24,554

Badfish Creek

41,849

Black Earth Creek

66,326

Gordon Creek

30,792

Lake Wisconsin

14,244

Little Sugar River

6,011

Lower Crawfish River

8,519

Lower Koshkonong Creek

45,350

Maunesha River

56,126

Mill and Blue Mounds Creek

22,851

Roxbury Creek

38,199

Six Mile and Pheasant Branch Creeks

76,513

Upper Koshkonong Creek

66,362

Upper Sugar River

66,310

W. Branch Sugar River/Mt. Vernon Creek

66,310

Yahara River and Lake Kegonsa

66,894

Yahara River and Lake Mendota

54,415

Yahara River and Lake Monona

61,643