What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that drains into a stream, river, or body of water. No matter where you are, you are in a watershed! Adams County is divided into two major watersheds that flow into the Chesapeake Bay: the Susquehanna River Watershed and the Potomac River Watershed. Within each of the major watersheds, there are tributary streams. These tributaries each have their own watershed. These are considered sub-watersheds of the major watersheds. The Conewago Creek is the largest sub-watershed in the County and it drains to the Susquehanna River. Adams County has over 1,300 miles of streams. Virtually every stream that flows in Adams County originates within the county. We are the headwaters for the Chesapeake Bay.
In 2000, the District created a position to administer watershed related activities in Adams County. This position is primarily funded with a grant through Pennsylvania's Growing Greener Program. The Watershed Program is targeted at administering or assisting with projects that improve the overall quality and quantity of water resources in Adams County. These projects can vary from installing agricultural best management practices (BMP's) on farms to planting riparian buffers to assisting local watershed groups. For more information about our watersheds or the watershed program, please contact Joe Hallinan.