Development of a watershed based
plan is the key step in the efforts to restore our rivers and streams from the
impacts of nonpoint sources of pollution. The plans focus on addressing issues identified by the impaired streams
list and TMDLs, with the ultimate
goal of restoring the waterbody so it can meet water quality standards. The NPS
Program may be able to provide technical and/or financial assistance for plan development; to learn more contact
your regional Basin
The watershed based plan (WBP) is a document that includes an introduction (background and geographic extent of the
watershed), followed by nine elements that must be included in order for the plan to qualify for §319 funding.
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Note: After a WBP is complete or nearly so, the next step is to determine if its restoration goals
have been reached.
Water bodies are considered no longer impaired if the adequate data shows WQ standards that resulted in the listing
have been achieved. Click
here to learn more.
Watershed Planning Guidance
Models and Other Resources Related to Watershed Planning
Note: In certain cases §319 funds may be available for healthy watersheds that are not yet impaired,
but may be
threatened. In this case the plan becomes a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). WPP's format is similar to a WBP.