The 14 Mile Watershed

What is a watershed?  A watershed is an area of land that drains or “sheds” water into a specific water body. Every body of water has a watershed. Watersheds drain rainfall and snowmelt into streams, rivers and lakes which affects the water quality in those water bodies.


Where is the 14 Mile Watershed?  Located primarily in the Central Sand Plains of central Wisconsin and includes portions of Adams, Wood, Portage and Waushara counties. This 55,000 acre watershed covers about 38 miles from Plainfield WI on the east end of the watershed to Lake Petenwell on the west end. Included in the watershed is the Town of Rome and Tri-Lakes area.


Why is this important?  Clean water quality depends on an educated public to make best choices to improve and protect our water.  Simply put, each one of us living in the watershed needs to be a good steward.

Diagram of a watershed

Map of the 14 Mile Watershed

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