You have 70,150 miles of rivers and streams that wind their way across the state. Georgia's rivers are divided into 14 major basins and further broken into 52 watersheds. The words basin and watershed are often used interchangeably. Historically the word watershed referred to the dividing line between basins, but it is now commonly used to mean the same as for the word basin. The watershed or basin refers to not only the river but also all the land around the river that will drain to that river when it rains.