Erie County Conservation District

Water Resources

Healthy water is water that supports and sustains life. It is water of sufficiently high quality to meet users’ needs. There is a direct relationship between healthy water and healthy people. People need large supplies of healthy water to live. We also need it to grow food, establish cities, and manufacture goods like cars and clothes. To learn more about healthy waters, click on the links below.

Watersheds 101

Watersheds 101 - Gives a brief definition of what a watershed is and how watersheds operate.

What is a Watershed?

What is a Watershed? - Tells the importance of watershed conservation and definitions of a watershed, riparian zones, and other watershed terms.

Another Watershed Moment: Pet Waste

Another Watershed Moment Pet Waste Explains the impact of pet waste on a watershed.

Another Watershed Moment: Stormwater

Another Watershed Moment Stormwater Explains the impacts of stormwater on a watershed.

Stream Water Quality

Stream Water Quality This video provides the steps followed to catch aquatic insect larva. It explains how to perform a water quality test using the pollutant tolerance levels of aquatic insects.

Water Health and Macroinverbrates (aquatic insect larva)

Water Health and Macroinverbrates This site explains the water pollutant tolerance test using examples of aquatic macroinvertebrates.

Nature Today

Nature Today An artist look at life in wetlands.

Source Water PA

Source Water PA Sponsored by WREN (Water Resource Education Network) this website offers current information on source pollution across the state.

Additional Resources

Streamside Owners - Find help tips on keeping your stream healthy.

Backyard Conservation - Become a conservationist in your own backyard! Use the links below to find helpful tips on a variety of different topics:

Local Watershed Maps

2011 Impaired Streams

Lake Erie Sub-Watershed Map

Cascade Creek Watershed

Fourmile Creek Watershed

Godfrey Run Watershed

LeBoeuf Watershed

Millcreek Watershed

Trout Run Watershed

Walnut Creek Watershed


Streambank Stabilization Photo Glossary

Stabilization Technique Information Table