WAP-4E (4/5/07 version)
Watershed Action Planning And Implementation: "As Is" Situation, State Endorsed Watershed Action Plans

As mentioned previously few local watershed groups exist for the sole purpose of watershed planning. Planning is a means to an end; and that end is some meaningful action related to land and/or water resource management. Therefore, the Ohio NPS Program vision is that state endorsed watershed action plans or source water protection plans are critical components of the Ohio NPS Program. Once endorsed, the environmental targets within the local watershed action plans become official components of the state NPS Management Plan, to recognize local NPS implementation as key to achieving State environmental targets.

On June 3, 2003, the State of Ohio endorsed the first watershed action plans. State review and endorsement insures:

  • All locally produced watershed plans, when implemented, will result in documented water quality improvement;
  • Official state recognition when a comprehensive watershed plan has met endorsement criteria, in the form of a letter from the Chiefs of the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water ODNR, Division of Soil and Water Conservation;
  • Available state and federal resources are linked to endorsed plans.
Table 1. Watersheds with State Endorsed Plans
Watershed Hydrologic Unit Code(s) Sponsor Available on Web at:
Lower East Fork Little Miami River 05090202-130-060
Clermont County SWCD Lower East Fork Watershed Management Plan 2003
(PDF 7119kb)
White Oak Creek 05090201-090
Brown SWCD White Oak Creek Watershed
Kokosing 05040003-010
Kokosing River Steering Committee, DNAP Kokosing Scenic River Watershed Plan (PDF 9.7MB)
Lower Alum Creek 05060001-160 Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries
Lower Muskingum 05040004-080 (Meigs Creek sub-watershed) Friends of the Lower Muskingum River Friends of the Lower Muskingum River
Leading Creek 05030202-090 Meigs SWCD Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan (PDF 2293kb)
Leading Creek Improvement Committee
Duck Creek 05030201-110
Washington SWCD Duck Creek Watershed Partners
Wolf Creek 05040004-090
Lower Olentangy 05060001 - 120 Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed
Huff Run 05040001-080-050 Rural Action, Inc. Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership
Grand Lake St. Marys 05120101-020 Mercer SWCD Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed Project
Salt Creek 05040004-060- Muskingum SWCD Salt Creek Watershed
Upper Mill Creek (Ohio R.) 05090903-010-010 Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities
Bokes/Mill Creek (Scioto R.)-Powderlick Run sub-basin only 05060001-060 Union County SWCD Bokes/Mill Creek Watershed Partnership
Stillwater River 05080001 Darke SWCD Stillwater Watershed Project
Federal Valley 05030204-090 Rural Action, Inc. Federal Valley Watershed Group
Sandusky River Honey Creek sub-basin only) 04100011-080 Sandusky River Watershed Coalition Sandusky River Watershed Coalition
Little Miami River (Todd's Fork sub-basin only) 05090202-070 Little Miami River Partnership Little Miami River Partnership
Paint Creek 0506003-010
Paint Creek Joint SWCD Board Paint Creek Watershed Action Plan
Euclid Creek 04110003-010 Cuyahoga SWCD The Euclid Creek Watershed Action Plan
Rocky River 04110001-060 04110001-070 NOACA Rocky River Watershed Action Plan
Lower Big Walnut 05060001-140-010
05060001-140-040 05060001-160-030
Friends of Big Walnut Creek & Tributaries Friends of Big Walnut Creek and Tributaries
Nimishillen Creek 050400001-050 NEFCO Nimishillen Creek Watershed Partners
Upper Olentangy 05060001-090
City of Delaware Upper Olentangy Watershed Management & Action Plan
Upper Scioto 05060001 Delaware SWCD Upper Scioto River Watershed Project
Chagrin River 04110003-020
Chagrin River Watershed Partners Chagrin River Watershed Partners Inc.
Headwaters, East Fork Little Miami River 05090202-100 Clermont SWCD East Fork Watershed Collaborative
Monday Creek 05030204-060 Rural Action, Inc. Monday Creek Restoration Project
Lower Mad River 05008001-070
Clark SWCD Lower Mad River Watershed Protection Project


Table 2. Watersheds with Conditionally Endorsed Plans
Watershed Hydrologic Unit Code(s) Sponsor Conditional Endorsement Includes:
Mill Creek
(Mahoning R. trib.)
Alliance for Watershed Action and Riparian Easements, Mahoning SWCD Riparian Area Protection
Honey Creek 05080001-200-050 Miami County Park District  
Sunday Creek 05030204-070 Sunday Creek Watershed Group, Rural Action Inc. Acid Mine Drainage Abatement Projects
Raccoon Creek 05090101-040 ILGARD at Ohio University Acid Mine Drainage Abatement Projects
Bokes/Mill Creek (all but Powderlick Run sub-watershed) 05060001-060 Bokes and Mill Creek Watershed Partnership, Union County SWCD  
West Creek 04110002-060-040 West Creek Preservation Committee Conservation easements
Lower Maumee (includes Ottawa R./Swan Creek headwaters) 04100009-020
Headwaters Sugar Creek 05040001-100 Wayne SWCD  
Duck & Otter Creeks 04100010-009 04100010-010 Duck & Otter Creek Partnership, Inc.