Watershed Protection Plan Overview

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A Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) is a stakeholder-drive, written plan to achieve water quality standards in a water body, through voluntary actions. It provides a framework that will restore and protect water quality in areas affected by nonpoint source pollution. A WPP is an alternative to a regulatory process. It also aims to manage the impacts of future growth on water quality, health risks, and ecological resources.

WPP actions are supported by sound science and appropriate technology. A WPP helps local governments and stakeholders incorporate appropriate, voluntary BMPs, ensuring that resources are not wasted on BMPs that will not work for their area.

A Watershed Protection Plan process is:

Stakeholder-driven – involving local citizens and entities from the beginning of planning and all the way through implementation

Voluntary – relying on stakeholders to identify and implement management actions to help clean the water

Geographic – focusing on a stream’s drainage basin

Comprehensive — taking into account all the many activities that may occur across a landscape

Flexible – adjusting in scope and process as more is learned