Watershed Restoration Plans
A Watershed Restoration Plan (WRP) is a tool developed and designed by a watershed group to guide them in planning for and implementing restoration activities in their watershed. A WRP is a living document that once developed, should be reviewed and reworked, if appropriate, once every five years.
In order to be eligible for Clean Water Act Section 319 Funding, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires a Watershed Restoration Plan. Projects can be funded if they implement a WRP; if there isn't a WRP, then one needs to be written. In order for a WRP to be accepted by DEQ and EPA, it must include nine minimum elements. These elements should ensure a WRP will be as complete and thorough as possible in order to guide successful restoration planning in a watershed.
Nine Minimum Elements at a Glance:
- Identify causes and sources of pollution
- Estimate pollutant loading into the watershed and expected load reductions
- Describe the management measures to achieve load reductions in targeted areas
- Estimate the amounts of technical and financial assistance needed
- Develop an information/education component
- Create a schedule for implementing the NPS management measures
- Describe interim, measurable milestones
- Identify indicators to measure progress over time
- Describe monitoring component
If you are interested in a project in one of the areas listed below, we recommend that you contact the WRP sponsor.