WAP-5B (8/31/05 version)
Watershed Action Planning And Implementation: Targets, Science-Based NPS Planning

State of Ohio NPS Vision, Watershed Action Planning and Implementation

Proposed Science-based NPS Planning Targets

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. State guidance on these topics is provided in the Appendix 8 Update (PDF 142kb) to the Ohio Guide for Developing Watershed Action Plans. State endorsement of a plan is a signal that the guidance has been adequately applied to the applicable watershed action plan.

2010 Targets

Target 1: 81 state endorsed watershed action plans;

Baseline (July 2004): 8 conditionally endorsed plans (1 locally funded/5 state funded); 9 endorsed plans; 12 additional plans have been reviewed by the state and are under revision to meet state endorsement criteria (2 locally funded/9 state funded); 14 additional organizations have committed to producing a plan for state endorsement.

Assuming status quo for: a) the existing process and funding to provide state support for watershed coordinators; and b) continuing interest in state endorsement from watersheds that have completed watershed action plans without state funding (three to date); there is the potential for an additional 38 plans to be endorsed by 2010 (23 state funded; 15 plans produced with non-state funding)

Target 2: 12 state endorsed watershed action plans within the Lake Erie watershed, identify local strategies for implementing Coastal Nonpoint Program management measures.

Baseline (June 2004): Section 7, "Implementation" of the Appendix 8 Update, Outline of a Watershed Action Plan (PDF 142kb) specifies that all WAPs developed within the Lake Erie Watershed must describe how Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (CNPCP) management measures will be implemented within the watershed. Eight Lake Erie watershed groups are currently in the process of developing WAPs for state endorsement (6 through the Ohio Watershed Coordinator Program; 2 through 2-year 319 planning grants); 1 WAP has been submitted voluntarily and received conditional state endorsement based on the local commitment to add the applicable strategies to address CNPCP management measures.

Target 3: All (219) highly susceptible community public water systems (PWS) with water quality impacts have an Ohio EPA endorsed drinking water protection plan;

Baseline (August 2004): There are approximately 191 community public water systems using ground water that have a high susceptibility to contamination and ground water quality impacts. Of these water systems, 23 have Ohio EPA endorsed Drinking Water Source Protection Plans. In addition, there are 28 community public water systems using surface waters that have a high susceptibility to contamination and nitrate and.or pesticide water quality impacts. None of these public water systems have an Ohio EPA endorsed Drinking Water Source Protection Plan.

Recently Ohio EPA produced an interactive Developing a Drinking Water Source Protection Plan training program to assist local communities with the planning process.