Case Studies  

Cooper River Corridor Project, SC
Corporate community takes the lead in ecological restoration

Occoquan Watershed, VA
Looking at best use of land throughout watershed, local governments meet multiple objectives

North Carolina Statewide Framework
Innovative, cost-effective solutions through partnerships and leveraging

Boulder Creek Watershed, CO
Restoring multiple river corridor values and uses by choosing most cost effective strategies

Merrimack River Initiative, New England
Public and private partners collaborate to build "watershed toolbox" to aid management decision making

Washington Statewide Framework
Improved database to support decision making

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Core Principle 1: Watersheds are natural systems that we can work with

Cases listed on the left exhibit successful watershed management efforts.

Watershed management approaches are evolving throughout the country and are being used to address watersheds that have multiple problems. The case study links listed to the left provide information on several successful watershed management cases. Based on successful watershed management efforts like these across the country, this tutorial presents four core principles of watershed management:

  1. Watersheds are natural systems that we can work with.

  2. Watershed management is continuous and needs a multi-disciplinary approach.

  3. A watershed management framework supports partnering, using sound science, taking well-planned actions and achieving results.

  4. A flexible approach is always needed.

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