WAP-4C (8/31/05 version)
Watershed Action Planning And Implementation: "As Is" Situation, Ohio Watershed Coordinator Program


The Ohio Watershed Coordinator Program, administered by ODNR, Division of Soil & Water Conservation, provides funding to foster permanent positions in local units of government, non-profit organizations or other organizations to prepare and implement a state endorsed Watershed Action Plan (WAP) to restore or protect a water resource. For information on the number and type of organizations that are currently developing watershed action plans, click here.

Grant applications are accepted annually. Currently, approximately 20 watershed planning projects are either underway or nearing completion. The results of evaluating the watershed coordinator program will be used to make decisions on the number and type of planning projects for fiscal years 2006 and beyond.

Program Requirements:

  1. Within 2 years, produce a comprehensive WAP, utilizing Ohio EPA's A Guide to Developing Local Watershed Actions Plans in Ohio, and meeting state endorsement criteria.
  2. Watershed groups with existing plans that do not meet state endorsement criteria must commit to update the plan to include the applicable components.
  3. Develop a "sustainable" local watershed group that intends to employ a coordinator well into the future.
  4. In acid mine drainage impaired watersheds, produce an approvable Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Plan (AMDAT) (PDF 389kb) as defined by the ODNR, Division of Mineral Resources Management. An approved AMDAT qualifies the watershed(s) as a priority hydrologic unit(s) for AMD remediation per ORC 1513.37(E). Note that the AMDAT planning area may be a subset of the overall watershed action planning area.
  5. Implement a water resource-focused education/information program in the watershed.
  6. Coordinate WAP and TMDL development processes, and incorporate TMDL data, load reduction goals, and technical recommendations, when applicable.


Applications for watershed coordinator funding may be submitted by non-profit and non-governmental organizations, all local units of government, and regional planning commissions.

Watershed Coordinators will work with multiple jurisdictions located within a minimum of 14-digit, but preferred 11-digit or multiple 11-digit HUCs.


Priority will be given to watersheds scheduled for TMDL development in the next one to five years. Other factors affecting selection include:

  • Scope and nature of nonpoint source impairment;
  • Likelihood of producing obvious, visible water quality results;
  • Complexity of watershed problems and scope of project area;
  • Ability of applying organization to administer funding and deliver the program;
  • Local funding commitment;
  • Support and diversity of key stakeholders;
  • Good local awareness of importance and attachment to the water body

Additional information and materials related to this program may be accessed through the ODNR Division of Soil and Water Conservation's Watershed Coordinator Web Site.