Community-Based Watershed Management: Lessons from the National Estuary Program

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Government Institutes, 2006 - Business & Economics - 110 pages
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Applicable to watershed protection and restoration efforts in both coastal and non-coastal areas, this handbook describes 28 highly successful watershed management approaches. The principles and lessons in this book, originally published by EPA in 2005, examine innovative approaches to integrating science and management, fostering collaborative decision-making, and involving the public.
 

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Contents

The National Estuary Program NEP
1
NEP PRINCIPLES IN CHAPTER 1
2
THE CORNERSTONES OF THE NEP
3
APPLICABILITY OF THE NEP APPROACH
5
Establishing a Governance Structure
7
THE NEP GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
8
SETTING THE DIRECTION FOR THE PROGRAM
9
DIRECTING DAYTODAY PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
10
Developing the Management Plan A Blueprint for Action
43
COMPONENTS OF A MANAGEMENT PLAN
44
MISSION STATEMENTS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
45
ACTION PLANS
46
MONITORING STRATEGY
47
FINANCE STRATEGY
49
DEVELOPING THE MANAGEMENT PLAN
50
FROM MANAGEMENT PLAN DEVELOPMENT TO IMPLEMENTATION
52

INVOLVING STAKEHOLDER GROUPS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC
11
CONDUCTING SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS TO SUPPORT MANAGEMENT PLAN ACTIONS
14
ENSURING LONGTERM FINANCIAL POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT
16
PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
17
SELECTING AN INSTITUTIONAL SETTING
18
PREPARING TO ASSESS THE ESTUARY AND ITS INSTITUTIONS
19
EXAMPLES
20
Identifying Problems and Solutions
23
TECHNICAL CHARACTERIZATION
24
IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE THE RESOURCES AND USES OF THE ESTUARY
25
DETERMINE THE CONDITION OF THE RESOURCES
26
IDENTIFY THE PRIORITY PROBLEMS
28
IDENTIFY LIKELY CAUSES OF THE PRIORITY PROBLEMS
29
PROVIDE INPUT TO THE MANAGEMENT PLAN
32
UNDERSTANDING THE INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES
35
ASSESS EFFECTIVENESS OF EXISTING PROGRAMS
36
IDENTIFY CHANGES NEEDED TO IMPROVE PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS
37
EXAMPLES
39
EXAMPLES
53
Implementing the Management Plan
57
MAINTAINING MOMENTUM FROM PLANNING THROUGH IMPLEMENTATION
58
SUSTAINING STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT AND PARTNER SUPPORT
59
OBTAINING FUNDS
62
FUNDING OPERATING COSTS
64
FUNDING IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS
65
MONITORING AND COMMUNICATING RESULTS
68
PROGRAMMATIC MONITORING
70
UPDATING THE MANAGEMENT PLAN
72
EXAMPLES
73
Conclusion
81
Clean Water Act Section 320 as Amended
83
NEP at a Glance
89
Components in Developing Action Plans for the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership
103
Pros and Cons of Becoming a Tax Exempt Nonprofit
105
Excerpt from an NEP Finance Plan
107
Reference Material
109

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