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Watershed Protection Plans

Watershed Protection Plans

A watershed protection plan (WPP) is a coordinated framework for implementing prioritized and integrated water quality protection and restoration strategies driven by environmental objectives. Through the WPP process, stakeholders holistically address all of the sources and causes of impairments and threats to both surface and ground water resources within a watershed. Developed and implemented through diverse, well integrated partnerships, a WPP assures the long-term health of the watershed with strategies for protecting unimpaired waters and restoring impaired waters. WPPs have a variety of ingredients and can take many forms. WPPs are consistent with guidelines promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2003.

Current WPP Projects:

Arroyo Colorado

Cypress Creek

Plum Creek

Upper San Marcos

For more information about Watershed Protection Plans visit the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Nine elements of a Watershed Protection Plan:

  1. Identification of the causes that will need to be controlled to achieve the load reductions
  2. Estimate of the load reductions expected for the management measures
  3. Description of management measures that will need to be implemented to achieve the load reductions
  4. Estimate of technical and financial assistance needed to implement this plan
  5. Information/education component that will be used to enhance public understanding of the plan
  6. Schedule for implementing management measures
  7. Description of interim, measurable milestones for determining whether management measures are being implemented
  8. Set of criteria that can be used to determine whether load reductions are being achieved
  9. Monitoring component to evaluate effectiveness of implementation measured against the criteria established

EPA's Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters