The manatee watershed (HUC 03100202) covers an area of approximately 3,625 square miles in west-central Florida. The hydrology of the area is dominated by two main rivers, the Manatee River and the Little Manatee River. The watershed receives an average annual rainfall of around 52 inches, with the wettest months being June through September. There is no significant snowpack in this region. Surface water in the watershed is primarily made up of freshwater streams, wetlands, and estuaries. There are several reservoirs in the area, including Lake Manatee and Lake Parrish, which provide drinking water for nearby communities. Interesting climatic facts include the area's vulnerability to hurricanes and flooding, as well as its susceptibility to saltwater intrusion due to rising sea levels. There is also a trend towards increasing temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events in the region.