What's a Watershed?

A watershed is a basin-like landform defined by highpoints and ridgelines that descend into lower elevations and stream valleys. A watershed carries water "shed" from the land after rain falls and snow melts. Drop by drop, water is channeled into soils, groundwaters, creeks, and streams, making its way to larger rivers and eventually the sea. Water is a universal solvent, affected by all that it comes in contact with: the land it traverses, and the soils through which it travels. The important thing about watersheds is: what we do on the land affects water quality for all communities living downstream.

Click on an illustration below to learn about the Watersheds; how these watersheds were formed by glaciers; how long it took for them to form; how natural systems handle water; the meanderings of rivers; and how our society impacts water quality.

Bardstown's Watersheds

Below is a graphic depicting Bardstown's Watersheds (click image to enlarge).


What is Bardstown Doing?

Watershed Monitoring: The City of Bardstown is implementing a monitoring program to monitor the stream quality within each watershed in its MS4 boundary.  The City hopes to identify specific pollutants within the impaired Withrow Creek and work with the community to eliminate them.  Monitoring will also provide the City with a baseline for the other streams to be able to maintain and/or improve their quality as well as help identify and locate any future pollution sources.


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