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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
The Watershed Concept

In a watershed, we all live downstream. This means that the quality of water available to us is determined by our upstream neighbors. In the Grand River watershed, over 100 million gallons of water are withdrawn from lakes and rivers to provide drinking water for the public. At the same time, almost 200 million gallons of treated wastewater are discharged to the lakes and rivers of the watershed by public wastewater treatment plants. Thus it is vital that we serve as environmental stewards of our watersheds, protecting the quality of that water for those who live downstream. And remember, everyone lives downstream.

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