EPA’s Nine Key Elements in Watershed Planning
For more detailed descriptions of each element, download the South Carolina Simplified Guide to Developing Watershed-Based Plans. You may also want to review EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters.
Element A - Causes/Sources of Pollution Identified
Identification of pollutant sources and their causes.
Element B - Expected Load Reductions for Solutions Identified
Estimated load reductions from management measures identified in (c). (May also include overall pollutant reduction needed as found in a TMDL document.)
Element C - Nonpoint Source Management Measures Identified
Management measures (Best Management Practices, or BMPs) needed in order to eliminate or control pollutant(s).
Element D - Technical and Financial Assistance
Identification of funding and technical assistance needs as well as potential sources. Example: Watersheds with agricultural sources would most likely require the expertise of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and could potentially utilize Environmental Quality Incentive Program funds for implementation.
Element E - Education and Outreach
Outreach strategy that is targeted towards members of the public that are impacted by the project and the management measures from (c).
Element F - Implementation Schedule
Timeline of implementation events that proceeds in a logical and efficient manner.
Element G - Milestones Identified
List of milestones for keeping plan implementation progress on track.
Element H - Load Reduction Evaluation Criteria
Criteria to determine if pollutants are being reduced and progress is being made toward attaining water quality standards, or if plan requires revision.
Element I – Monitoring
Monitoring strategy to determine effectiveness of plan implementation.
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