Tuesday Trivia

On 94.3 REV FM - Tune in June 2nd at 4:40 PM

It’s Tuesday Trivia time, brought to you by the Upper Guadalupe River Authority: Protecting our Guadalupe River through education, monitoring, and planning.

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A watershed is the land that rain flows across or through on its way to a common stream, river, or lake.  Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes and can cover millions of square miles or only a few acres.  Here in Kerr County, we define our watershed as all the land area that drains water into the Guadalupe River. 

A watershed performs three functions: it captures, stores, and releases water.  First, rainwater is captured as it enters the earth through the soil.  Then, it fills the spaces between rocks and soil particles and is stored as groundwater.  Finally, springs and floodplains slowly release the groundwater back into the creeks and river.

When you have more rain than your watershed can absorb, it runs off and stormwater runoff generated.  This is rainfall that flows over the ground surface instead of soaking in.  It is created when rain rushes across impervious surfaces like buildings, parking lots, driveways, and streets as it travels downhill to the closest waterway.  Runoff frequently appears muddy or brown because as the water flows across impervious surfaces, it collects materials along the way.  The runoff can pick up woody debris and leaves, but it also can soak up pollution like motor oil, fertilizers, and eroded soil.  A healthy watershed absorbs runoff and slows it down so less pollution reaches the river and creeks. Stormwater runoff is the main threat to water quality in the United States.

Learn more about watersheds HERE