Adapted from CTIC "Know Your Watershed" guidance documents.
Welcome to the Introduction to Watershed Planning module. The goal of this module is to introduce a flexible framework for watershed planning and point out key factors that help make planning successful.
Local planning processes generally address problems or may seek to protect or improve quality of life. Watershed planning is no different. Some watershed planning groups convene to address chronic problems like degrading fisheries, while others seek to address acute problems like contaminated mine drainage or heavy erosion along stream banks. Other planning efforts may bring together citizen groups, local agencies and states to work together on plans for community and environmental improvements. The degree of success achieved in watershed planning often depends on having people that can devote substantial time to the effort.
This module begins by taking a look at what's needed for developing a successful watershed plan - especially the kind of watershed group you will need to undertake this effort. The module then lays out the steps to produce a plan. The first phase of the process involves building partnerships and meeting the challenges to make them work successfully. The second phase is following the three stages of plan development and implementation. Much of this material is based on the Know Your Watershed guidance documents developed by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC), with rewrites and additions tailored for broader audiences.More on your watershed Group
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This is one of the 15 required modules in the Watershed Management Certificate Program
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