A watershed is the area of land that catches rain and snow which drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake, or groundwater. Tributaries are smaller streams that flow into other larger streams.
The Beaver Lake Watershed drains to Beaver Lake, the drinking water source for Northwest Arkansas. The quality of life and economic prosperity in Northwest Arkansas rely greatly on the health of Beaver Lake and its watershed. The first map below shows the watershed that supplies water to Beaver Lake — the drinking water source for about about 420,000 people or 1 in 7 Arkansans.
The other maps below are subsets or “subwatersheds” of the Beaver Lake Watershed.These maps and information panels provide key educational concepts and ideas for teachers, students, young people, policymakers, and the general public.
Protecting this watershed is a key element of the Beaver Water District’s Source Water Protection Plan. Providing high quality drinking water starts with protecting the source of that water, which is the first step in the multiple-barrier approach. Beaver Water District’s commitment is to lead the citizens, businesses and communities of Northwest Arkansas to cooperatively maintain the quality of Beaver Lake for all generations.