Making decisions about a watershed is an important responsibility. Decisions must be based on a solid understanding of the characteristics of the watershed and how physical processes shape watershed conditions. To facilitate this understanding, watershed councils are often formed. The watershed councils in the Lakes Basin manage over 14 million acres of land that make up the basin's 11 main watersheds. The watershed councils in the Lakes Basin are tasked with maintaining the ecological integrity of these watersheds. In response, the councils have created and implemented numerous habitat and stream restoration projects and are currently working with state and federal agencies and local landowners to manage the resources within this vast area. This section highlights several of the watershed councils found within the Lakes Basin. For more information about the watersheds themselves, visit the watersheds page.