An Intersection of Art & Water
watershed map repurposed from Montgomery County, MD EPA website
The Grand River is the longest river in the state of Michigan. It flows 252 miles through 9 cities before it empties into Lake Michigan. The watershed drains into a 5,572 sq. mile area.
Michigan is a Blue Economy defined by freshwater.
Why should you care about the Grand River if you live in Texas, or Florida or Wyoming or Beijing for that matter? The Grand River flows into Lake Michigan, the second largest of the 5 Great Lakes. "So what", you ask? The 5 Great Lakes contain 20% of the world's surface fresh water and 84% of the surface fresh water in the United States. Unlike Vegas, what happens in Michigan doesn't stay in Michigan.
My Water. Your Water. Our Water.
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A Watershed Moment
Perhaps you've heard that phrase used as a reference to a critical moment of divergence after which nothing will ever be the same. That is now. You can make a difference.
Where does water come from? Rain, rivers, streams, aquifers, lakes, reservoirs, canals, pipes, the kitchen sink? Water is connected.
A watershed is an area of land where all the water that flows under it, through it or drains off of it, goes to the same place.
Famed geologist, John Wesley Powell, referred to this hydrologic system as an area of land, "within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that we become part of a community"