A Watershed is an area of land that drains into a lake or river. As rainwater and melting snow run downhill, they carry sediment and other materials into our streams, lakes and groundwater.
Watersheds provide water for drinking, irrigation and streams. Many people also enjoy the lakes and streams for their beauty, boating, fishing and swimming. Healthy watersheds also provide food and shelter for wildlife.
The Lake Elsinore and San Jacinto Watershed covers over 720 square miles, starting in the San Jacinto Mountains, running westerly through Canyon Lake and ending in Lake Elsinore.