The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides an online tool for exploring watersheds called How’s My Waterway? How’s My Waterway incorporates and expands upon content from the EPA’s Surf Your Watershed tool which was decommissioned after providing watershed information for more than 20 years.
It’s easy to get started exploring your own local watershed by typing your address in the search bar at the top, or use the three tabs underneath that into community, state, or national-scale data.
The tool summarizes watershed and water quality information by four topics: condition of waters for swimming, eating fish, aquatic life, and drinking water. Interactive maps can help you learn which waterways in your local watershed are impaired and where water monitoring is being done.
There is a lot to explore in this tool for students, practitioners, and professionals, alike!