WAP-5E (6/23/05 version)
Watershed Action Planning And Implementation: Targets, Science-Based NPS Implementation

State of Ohio NPS Vision, Watershed Action Planning and Implementation

Proposed Targets, Science-based NPS Implementation

Goal: In Ohio, state endorsed watershed action plans or source water protection plans are vital components of the NPS Program strategy for addressing NPS causes and sources of water quality impairment and/or drinking water protection.

Science-based: Decision-making is based on acquisition, compilation, and analysis of water and cultural resources, biology, geology, and land use data as outlined in a state endorsed watershed action plan, source water protection plan, and/or pre- and post-implementation monitoring and evaluation data.

2005-2010 Targets

Target 1: by 2006, develop a consistent process for selecting and conducting intensive evaluations of a sub-set of 319 implementation projects. The purpose of the intensive evaluation is to compare project results to water quality standards, historical data, and TMDL/watershed action plan recommendations and predictions.

Baseline: Two stream restoration projects in Powderlick Run (Bokes Creek watershed) and the Middle Cuyahoga River (both TMDL watersheds) have been selected for intensive evaluation.

Target 2: By 2010, report intensive project evaluation results for seven 319 implementation projects.

Baseline: Intensive evaluations are underway for two projects, with a preliminary report on Powderlick Run results expected in 2005.

Target 3: By 2010, 25 random annual field inspections of 319 implementation project sites show 100% of the BMPs are operated and maintained as designed.

Baseline: Ninety-five percent of sites inspected to date are operated and maintained as designed.

Target 4: By 2010, an annual random BMP survey of a sub-set of implementation projects is done by all major NPS funders.

Baseline: Annual random BMP survey of a sub-set of implementation projects is done by Ohio EPA/ODNR staff for the 319 Grants Program and by NRCS staff for practices funded by Farm Bill cost-share. NRCS is also implementing the Conservation Effects Assessment Program (CEAP) nationally. In particular, Heidelberg College is conducting research to support CEAP implementation in Ohio.

Target 5: By 2006, an annual review of implementation project results funded by 319, WPCLF, WRRSP, AML, and USDA is conducted to record and report data on pollution reduction and/or stream miles/riparian acres protected/restored.

Baseline: An annual review and report of implementation projects are done by the 319 grants program and the ODNR, Division of Soil & Water, Pollution Abatement Program.

Target 6: By 2010, local monitoring and evaluation of environmental results from implementation of state endorsed components of a WAP, will occur in 30% of projects, regardless of implementation funding source.

Baseline: Local monitoring and evaluation of environmental results from project implementation occurs in 15 to 30% of 319 implementation projects, depending on the mix of projects in a given funding cycle.