Local Priorities • What do you all see as the most critical watershed issues affecting this LWP Area? ~ 34 mi2 ~ 5 mi2 75 mi2
What are theKey Watershed Issues?(Post-It Notes exercise) • IDENTIFY(brainstorm) • GROUP(sort & lump) • PRIORITIZE(rank)
Key Watershed Issues – • PROBLEMS– to be ‘fixed’, restored or improved • ‘Hot spots’ • stream channels, riparian buffers, wetlands that need restoration, enhancement, stabilization; erosion/sediment, flooding or storm water ‘hot spots’ • Specific sites/facilities • plant nurseries, farms, junkyards, WWTPs, etc. [Note: EEP mitigation projects don’t address point sources] • General (watershed-wide) stressors • land use practices and development pressures • Institutional barriers/weaknesses related to watershed protection • e.g., lack of local plans & ordinances related to buffers, floodplains, storm water, site development; or plans/ordinances that need strengthening
Key Watershed Issues – • ASSETS– to be maintained or protected • High-quality headwater streams & riparian parcels • Current (or planned) watershed initiativesor projects – e.g., greenways & trails, storm water inventory/planning, stream & buffer projects, source water protection; CWMTF or 319 or Ag Cost Share projects • Current local ordinancesrelated to buffers, storm water, new development, green space, water supply protection, etc.
Grouping Watershed Issues • 1:By Geographic Area–sticky notes on Map • Specific ‘hot spot’ sites or stream reaches • Specific point sources • Specific towns/subdivisions • 2:Watershed-wide • by Assets & Problems • byResource value or function • Water Quality; Habitat; Hydrology • Recreation; Water Supply • Preservation/Conservation • Rare/threatened species
Example Priority Issues • Can be phrased as specific Stakeholder Goals and/or Watershed ‘Needs’ • To increase awareness of local watershed issues/needs among elected officials in ___________ County. • To improve monitoring and enforcement of sediment & erosion control rules. • To identify priority reaches for stream & buffer restoration (and Agricultural BMPs) on farmlands. • To consider a countywide buffer protection ordinance for all new developments above a certain threshold size. • To develop & implement a coordinated approach to protection of habitat for the _____________. • To seek funding for storm water master planning and specific BMP projects in the Town of ___________. • To protect headwater streams and buffers in the following stream sub-watershed(s): ________________.
Prioritizing Watershed Issues • What are the consensus top 5 to 10 issues -- most critical to the future health of the Indian & Howards Creek watersheds? • Your priority issues • help define the major goals of the Local Advisory Team… • help identify priority sub-watersheds for project identification & management recommendations • can be integrated into the final LWP documents