Elements of a §319 watershed based plan

An introduction that includes a description of the geologic extent of the watershed, soils, physiographic regions, land uses etc. 

What is the watershed like? 


Identification of the causes and sources of pollution, that will need to be controlled to achieve the load reductions estimated to fix the impairment, and to achieve any other watershed goals identified in the plan. Sources should be identified at a significant subcategory level, with estimates to the extent to which they are present in the watershed. 

What are the watershed problems and threats?
2  An estimate of the load reductions expected for the management measures described below.  What are the water quality goals and objectives? 

Description of the nonpoint management measures that will need to be implemented to achieve the estimated load reductions; and an identification (using a map or detailed description) of the critical areas in which those measures will needed to implement the plan.

What are you going to do about the problem and threats? Where will you do it? What are you hoping to achieve?

Estimate of the amounts of technical and financial assistance needed, associated costs and/or the sources and authorities that will be relied on, to implement this plan.  

How are you going to pay for implementation of the plan? 


Information/education component that will be used to enhance public understanding of the project and encourage their early and continued participation in selecting, designing, and implementing the nonpoint management measures that will be implemented. 

How will you get the public to support the plan? 


Schedule for implementing nonpoint management measures that is reasonably expeditious. 

How long will it take? 


Description of interim, measurable milestones for determining whether nonpoint management measures or other controls are being implemented. 

What steps will you take along the way? 

Set of criteria to determine whether load reductions are being achieved over time, and if progress is being made towards attaining water quality standards; and, if not, the criterion to determine if this plan, or a related TMDL, needs to be revised. 

How will you know you are successful? 


Monitoring component to evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation efforts over timeNote: A QAPP is required.

How will you measure your success? 

Click-Here for more detailed description of the nine-elements.  WVDEP's NPS Program and USEPA uses these details to evaluate WBPs.  All WBPs must be approved by the WVDEP's NPS Program and USEPA. 

Click-Here for EPAs handbook on developing watershed plans.  

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