The United (Watershed) States of America

John Lavey, writing in Community Builders:

What if the Western states were formed around watershed as [John Wesley] Powell envisioned? What would that look like and could we speculate on what that might mean for the functioning of modern communities? And since we’re going down that road, let’s ask another what if: What if all of the American states were based around principal watershed, from coast to coast – something even Powell didn’t consider.

This was an interesting exercise. Your imagination might run looking at the map -- contemplating the consequences of an alternative spatial political structure. 

John Wesley Powell's map: