Water shed management

Lesson 25: Water conservation

Water shed management

Water shed management and conservation are more economical and environmentally sound ways to prevent flood damage and store water for future use than building huge dams and reservoirs. Water shed is all the land drained by a stream or river. By retaining vegetation and ground cover in a watershed helps to hold back rainwater and lessens downstream floods. Rather than allowing residential, commercial, or industrial development on floodplains, these areas should be reserved for water storage, aquifer recharge, wildlife habitat and agriculture.

The water shed is the area of land that drains or sheds water into a specific receiving water body, such as a lake or a river. In other words, the area of land surrounding a river or lake that provides the water which enters the river or lake is called water shed.Watershed management is a term used to describe the process of implementing land use practices and water management practices to protect and improve the quality of the water and other natural resources within a watershed by managing the use of those land and water resources in a comprehensive manner.

The management of a single unit of land with its water drainage system is called watershed management. It involves development and utilization of land, water, vegetation, human, animal and other resources on an integrated approach.


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