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Discover how water weaves us together. Learn about YOUR watershed. Embrace the call to care for God's good creation. Engage with Indigenous neighbors already working as Water Protectors.


Please Click on the Region ImagemapLocate Your Watershed

The United States Geological Survey enables folx to discover their local watershed via the map (at left).

Click on the Map to View a Particular Region
Try the new Watershed Finder Menu Interface

What is my watershed address and how will it help me find USGS data? (or What is a Hydrologic Unit?)

In the United States, watersheds have been numbered since the 1970's using an 8-digit system known as a Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC). This system provides what is essentially a watershed address, and in many cases provides a convenient way to locate USGS water data for your area of interest. In addition to a number, a formal name is also assigned to each HUC, but it is important to be aware that formal names can sometimes differ from a name used locally. For example, Hydrologic Unit number 02080206 is named the Lower James, for the downstream part of the James River watershed in Virginia. The first 2-digits of the code indicate that the Hydrologic Unit is part of the Mid Atlantic Region, as shown on the map below.

USGS Water Data for the Nation can be searched using either the 2-digit HUC or the 8-digit HUC for regional and local perspectives.


Wade in the Water Curriculum for Community – Growing Green HeartsWater is amazing. Let’s play with that! This resource is for congregations to explore water near the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota. The activities, connections, field trips, links, tips & tricks shared here blend theology, water quality, and community.

It is adaptable to any community in any watershed.

Discover your watershed here.

Click here to download the resources and activity guide.

Johnson Symposium – Holy Trinity Lutheran ChurchWater Is Life: Biblical Reflections by Diane Jacobson, inspired by Winona LaDuke speaking at the 2022 Johnson Symposium on Faith and Society at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN. This brief outline traces five key biblical themes illustrative of Water Is Life, 'and why and how the Bible encourages us to support remarkable work like that of Winona LaDuke'; each theme area includes Dr. Jacobson's reflections, including:

  • Living Waters of Creativity (Genesis 1:1-2:14; Proverbs 8:22-31)
  • Living Waters of Justice (Genesis 6-9; Jeremiah 2:13; 9:15; Amos 5:24; Isaiah 12:3; 44:3-4; Isaiah 41:17-18; Ezekiel 47:1-12)
  • Living Waters of Redemption (Exodus 1:8-2:10; Exodus 14-15)
  • Living Waters of Faithful Prayer (many of the Psalms)
  • Living Waters of The Incarnate Word (Mark 1:9-11; Mark 6:45-51; Luke 13:34; 19:41; Luke 7:36-50; John 13:1-20; 19:28-30; with Psalm 22:14-15 and Exodus 12:21-23; John 19:33-34; Revelation 21-22)

The Indigenous Women's Water Sisterhood children's book and activity resource, Nibi Gizaagi'igoo / Water We Love You, introduces The Nibi Song, shares the story of Indigenous Water Walker Okimakwe (leader woman) Sharon Day - in both Ojibwe and English - and includes 4 water-wonder activities along with additional resource links.

Indigenous STEAM – Indigenous science education resourcesIndigenous STEAM is an online resource toolkit of family-based water-where-you-live activities, story arcs, and interactive engagement.



We Are Water ProtectorsAccompany reading the book with this downloadable activity kit and 'learn about ways to make an impact in your community and further protect the Earth and our waters'.





9 actions you can take as a water protector: Want to be a water protector? Here are my top nine ways to get started.





WonderopolisWho Are the Water Protectors? Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day #2828


The Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA, also has a Watershed Toolkit.

We Survived the End of the World: Lessons from Native America on Apocalypse and HopeDive deeper with the We Survived the End of the World discussion guide - perfect for book clubs or individual study.