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Rain falls across a landscape. On flat land water seeps into the soil. On hillsides small rivulets may form. Water is carried below ground and on the surface to small creek beds that are sometimes dry. Creeks join to form small streams, which in turn coalesce into larger streams and rivers. All the land area that drains water to these creeks, streams, and rivers is the watershed for that waterway.

Aiken County, South Carolina has four large-scale watersheds: Shaw’s Creek/South Edisto River, Hollow and Town Creeks, Horse Creek, and Upper Three Runs and Cedar Creeks. Of these the Upper Three Runs/Cedar Creek watershed illustrates both the tremendous value of these streams and the need to plan for the future of Aiken County watersheds.

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