Friends of Lower Muskingum River (FLMR) have been given the challenge to develop a Watershed Action Plan for the Southern Subwatershed of the Lower Muskingum River. First off, what exactly is a watershed? A watershed, or drainage basin, is an area of land where surface water from rain and melting snow or ice converges to a single point and then joins with a larger water body, such as a river, lake, reservoir, wetland, or ocean. The "Southern Subwatershed" is an area of land totaling 57,547 acres (or 90.1 square miles) mainly within Washington County, though the northern portion of this basin extends into Jackson Township of Noble County. Geographically speaking, this watershed has a northern boundary at the headwaters of the Big Run tributary in Noble County and a southern boundary in Marietta at the Muskingum Rivers confluence with the Ohio River.