What is a Watershed?  A watershed is an areas of land that collects and drains water from high points (hills) to low points (valleys). When rain falls in a watershed, the water travels over natural and man made terrain features toward the lowest point.  Any area that drains water to one location is a watershed.  This means that watersheds can be as small as a backyard or as large as the land that drains into the Great lakes.

 Unlike, the straight lines of city, county and state boundaries, watershed borders are wavy or jagged because follow terrain features.  Watershed boundaries often overlap political boundaries, which can make watershed management difficult.  No matter the size watershed are important because they supply us with water for drinking, recreation, industry and agriculture.  Lakes, rivers, and wetlands provide habitat for countless species of animals, insect and plants. Changes to the areas terrain can affect watersheds and the resources they provide.

 Land development can dramatically affect how rainwater is moved through watersheds.  Hard surfaces don't absorb water, which puts more stress on nearby grassy areas to absorb rainwater.  

Chapman lakes watershed is dotted with farms which picks up loose soil, manure, fertilizers, and pesticides.  CLF is addressing all of these issues in order to have a healthy watershed which is vital for a healthy lake.  

CLF has received partial funding from LARE (Lakes and Rivers Enhancement) for the purpose of a design build project that is to design and implement bank stabilization.  Project will be approximately 1900  LF of the Crook Creek beginning at the Crooked Creek outlet into the Greystone housing addition.  This section of the creek has historically been a contributor of sediment and associated nutrients into Chapman Lake.  There is excessive grade within the Creek and the soils along the banks are very sandy and easily eroded.  The project will be designed so that the eroding embankment sections will be protected from future erosion.  The objective will be to reduce the flow velocity and protect the banks.  Start date is this spring.  Additional funding is needed to complete the project please consider a tax deductible donation the the Chapman Lakes Foundation to assist with this important project.