Know Where the Water is, and where it’s coming from.
I have discovered a very helpful free online map resource which will enable you to browse and zoom-in anywhere in the United States to discover the rivers and streams and where they come from (the upstream and downstream direction) – unlike an ordinary map which will not indicate the direction of water flow.
Knowing where rivers and streams come from, and where they’re going, could be a big help in planning a boating trip (canoe, etc.), traveling to a new area while planning an outdoor excursion, or just having a general knowledge of your own area or region which will be helpful in the event of a SHTF water outage.
No matter where you live, it is very good preparedness to know where your water sources are located, and to have a mental picture of the ‘water map’ as you would any road map.
In a SHTF situation, many people will not know where the water is. Some of the major rivers and lakes are obvious but if you know where every river and stream is located, you will have an advantage when it comes to procuring water.
The National ‘Streamer’ Map provides more detail as you zoom further in to a location.
-The topography is shown in greater detail
-More of the rivers will pop into view
-Their names will be shown
-You can click anywhere on a river system and it will highlight all of the river flow which is upstream, or downstream.
-Trace reports provide information about the water bodies, streams, and streamflow stations along the routes that you select.
Have fun exploring:
Having a topographical road atlas for your particular state will also indicate many or most of the rivers, streams, and lakes in your area. I always keep these maps in my vehicle for my own state and the surrounding states.