Photo Credit Stephen Joseph

A watershed is an area of land that catches and drains water into a creek, stream, or river via direct runoff or smaller tributaries. This water eventually ends up in a large body of water such as the Delta, Bay, or ocean.  In other words, it is where the water from the higher elevations settles in lower elevations. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. They cross county, state, and national boundaries. No matter where you are, including your home, you’re in a watershed!

Contra Costa County has 31 major watersheds that drain to the Bay or Delta. Additionally, Contra Costa County includes the headwaters of creeks that drain through other counties before reaching the Bay.