explanatory Essay
925 words
925 words

A watershed is an area of land that contributes water to a river, lake, wetland, bay or any other body of water, small or large. Watersheds are also known as basins or drainage basins, as they do “drain” off into a larger body of water. There are watersheds all around us. Small streams and creeks are also considered watersheds; so even if you don’t know it, you too live in a watershed. Watersheds consist of all surface water, as well as all ground and underground water. There are watersheds of many different sizes. We Virginia residents live in one of the largest watersheds in the world. The Chesapeake Bay watershed is said to be larger than 64,000 square miles and embody six different states. The six states to which the Chesapeake Bay watershed surrounds are as follows: New York, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and of course, Virginia. The Chesapeake Bay watershed houses more than 17 million people in total. Another fact—a total of 150 creeks, streams, and rivers drain into the Chesapeake Bay River. The Susquehanna, York, Rappahannock, Potomac,and James rivers are the five largest rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay watershed.I will be focusing on the latter in this paper—the James River.
The James River is said to be Virginia’s largest of the major rivers feeding the Chesapeake Bay watershed, as it is about 340 miles long and embodiesover 10,000 square miles,with a human populationof 2.8 million people. This amounts to almost 25% of the entire state of Virginia!
The James River watershed is constituted of three different sections. The Upper James Watershed—which begins in Allegheny County running through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains to Lynchburg; The Middle James runni...

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...ell. We should care about the health and well-being of the plant and animal life around us because the majority of us also depend on these animals and their life cycles for nourishment. The water from thiswatershed, as well as others, is where we get our drinking water, irrigation and other industrial water usage, which means that the animals depend on this water as well. If they ingest harmful chemicals, we in turn ingest these chemicals with our daily food intake. The James River Association accepts volunteers to assist with the care of the Chesapeake River watershed and its sub-watersheds. There are lots of other ways to get involved in the prevention of further pollution to our precious natural resources. The first step is to not become part of the problem. Do not liter, don’t dump your oils in the gutters and think that you are not part of the problem.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a watershed is an area of land that contributes water to rivers, lakes, wetland, bays, or any other body of water.
  • Explains that the james river is virginia's largest of the major rivers feeding the chesapeake bay watershed.
  • Explains that the james river watershed consists of three different sections: the upper james watershed, the middle james, and the lower james.
  • Explains that the james river association has put together a management plan for the watershed in an effort to clean the river and its surrounding water supply.
  • Explains that the watershed management plan was developed using 80 stakeholders and aims to implement an education/outreach, and monitoring program to take place throughout the state.
  • Explains that marine grasses are affected by pollutants running to the susquehanna river, which affect migrating waterfowl. norfolk is one of the busiest ports in the country.
  • Opines that urban sprawl in richmond is polluting the james river with extra run-off from the added population of people.
  • Opines that we need to start disposing of our chemicals in a more environmentally friendly manner, which would bring the oxygen levels up dramatically for the fish and shellfish in the bay.
  • Explains that the james river association accepts volunteers to assist with the care of the chesapeake river watershed and its sub-watersheds.
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