WATERSHED: "That area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community."
- John Wesley Powell
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Water and Ecosystems
Water is the source of all life, the essential molecule that flows not only through our own veins, but also those of our planet—the streams, rivers, lakes and oceans that make Earth appear like a “blue marble” in space. Everything around us depends on water, from the largest sea creatures to the tiniest single cell organisms.
Blue Legacy tells the story of how water shapes ecosystems, and what happens as it passes through the water cycle. We explore the critical connection between our health and the environment through a watershed-first approach that emphasizes the value of ecosystem-based management and the importance of developing innovative, multi-stakeholder strategies for protecting the quantity and quality of the water we depend upon. If water is our biggest investment—ecosystems will provide the best return.