WAP-3C (6/23/05 version)
Effective Watershed Action Planning (WAP) And Implementation: Science-Based Components And Key Outcomes

Science-based: Science Informs Environmental Decision-making

Decision-making is based on acquisition, compilation (watershed inventory), and analysis (NPS problem and goal statements) of water and cultural resources, biology, geology, and land use data.

Application of the science-based decision-making component should result in the following key outcomes. The State of Ohio currently evaluates watershed action plans and implementation proposals and developed future targets accordingly.

Key Outcomes:

  • Identification of priority water quality problems and/or conservation/preservation needs, associated causes and sources, and proposed solutions. The prioritization process, and analysis of the level of confidence about causes and sources data, is designed to prevent large investments in implementation when there is uncertainty about the causes of observed NPS impacts.
  • Definition of critical areas and selection of nonpoint source target implementation areas to resolve identified NPS problems in critical areas;
  • Identification and quantification of implementation actions;
  • Performance indicators are environmental results as opposed to administrative measures;
  • Evaluation of implementation results.