WAP-5 (7/16/04 version)
Watershed Action Planning (WAP) And Implementation: Overview Proposed Targets

Local watershed groups in Ohio operate using a number of different organizational models and are formed for a variety of reasons to accomplish a diversity of missions, including: land conservation/preservation, activism, flooding and stormwater control, wetlands protection and restoration, hazardous waste and contaminated sediment remediation, to name a few. Very few, if any, local watershed groups exist for the sole purpose of watershed planning. Planning is a means to an end; and that end is some sort of concrete action related to land and/or water resource management

In the context of NPS management, the State of Ohio is committed to partnering with the sub-set of local watershed groups that seek to develop state endorsed watershed action plans for NPS related water quality attainment and/or drinking water protection. Consequently, the State of Ohio NPS partner vision for watershed action planning and implementation is that all state supported local watershed organizations are progressing along the continuum illustrated in Figure 1, from development of a sustainable local organizational structure, to development of an endorsed watershed action plan, to sustained NPS implementation, and ultimately, to attainment of water quality or safe drinking water standards.

The arrows illustrate that valuable NPS implementation to improve, restore, and maintain water quality can and does occur at each of these levels. However, the general assumption is that the most effective and efficient implementation will follow methodical implementation of a state endorsed watershed action plan.

To support local watershed group movement along the above continuum, the State of Ohio will establish a Watershed Program Targets Group to promote a balance of the three core components to effective watershed action planning and implementation illustrated in Figure 2. The current planning and implementation evaluation process and the NPS Plan watershed planning and implementation targets 2005-2010 are designed accordingly.

The proposed targets are designed to move the Ohio NPS Program from measuring the number of project evaluations (what we do) completed annually, to measuring outcomes (the impact of what we do) of the watershed planning and implementation process. Examples of outcomes include number of plans with state endorsement, number of sub-watersheds with sustained outcome-based NPS implementation underway, number of watershed groups with viable long-term funding strategies, etc. This is a natural progression for a program that began in 2000 and has now matured to the point where more detailed analysis can occur.

NPS Watershed Action Planning Targets

NPS WAP Implementation Targets