Element 4 - Watershed Management

Water protection and modernization is focused on specific areas in an effort to update and streamline water protection activities. This is a long-term project that includes four large-scale components, as follows: an updated water protection fee structure, which was codified into state regulation in 2014; permit centralization; compliance assistance; and, watershed-based management development.

The department’s watershed development strategy is based on a phased-in approach to watershed efforts involving public agencies, businesses and environmental interests, groups and individuals, and forums. Coordinating Water Protection Program water quality monitoring and assessment, permitting, planning and modeling activities on a defined watershed scale provides the best path forward.

The department has transitioned water resources work to a watershed-based approach. This approach involves coordination and collaboration between programs and divisions within the department, other state, federal and local government agencies and many stakeholders. Regional office staff are involved in monitoring, compliance assistance, and in planning and coordinating between many on-going regional interests.

Public Involvement
Informing and involving the general public as well as key stakeholders will be crucial for the successful implementation of watershed practices and activities. Regional office coordinators, all other field staff, and program staff that regularly interact with the community will be engaging citizens on a regular basis.