The Little Chariton watershed (HUC 10280203) covers approximately 417 square miles in north-central Missouri. The majority of the land is used for agriculture, with some forested areas and urban development. The watershed is primarily drained by the Little Chariton River and its tributaries, which are typically low-flow streams with moderate to high turbidity levels.
Snowpack in the Little Chariton watershed is variable, with some winters experiencing heavy snowfall while others have little to no snow. Surface water quality in the watershed is generally good, with few impairments reported. Reservoirs in the watershed are used for flood control, recreation, and water supply.
Climatic trends in the Little Chariton watershed include increasing temperatures, more frequent and intense precipitation events, and longer growing seasons. The watershed also experiences periodic droughts, which can impact agricultural production and water availability. Overall, the Little Chariton watershed is an important agricultural region with unique hydrological and climatic characteristics.