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 Food
Whether growing food on land, or harvesting it from the sea, water is a key component of the process. Today, both agriculture and aquaculture have developed in scale and complexity as sophisticated technology has enabled growers to meet ever-rising food demands with higher yields and faster growing plants and animals.
Experience has shown that the techniques we use in agriculture and aquaculture have a direct impact on the quality and quantity of our water. But, if we take a balanced approach to using our water that provides enough to feed our communities and maintain our ecosystems, everyone benefits. When we protect our water so it is fishable, drinkable, and swimmable, we create new opportunities for communities to thrive and improve the overall quality of life.