Land Use and Watershed Management
What is Watershed Management?
Watershed management is a proactive approach that coordinates land use and water management decisions to protect water resources and help communities define and prioritize local needs in relation to regional issues and goals.
Watersheds maintain the health of forests, fisheries, wetlands, coastal resources, agricultural landscapes, habitat and local communities in California. Protecting watersheds ensures a sustainable environment that supports recreational activities and a healthy economy that makes California a desirable place to live.
Keeping watersheds healthy is important for the same reasons as keeping our bodies healthy; once they begin to deteriorate, vital functions are lost and their condition steadily worsens.
When a watershed is degraded, a degenerative cycle unfolds. The watershed becomes less resilient, less stable and less productive. At a point, the watershed’s health is so diminished that it no longer maintains the natural processes and services we depend on.
- CA Department of Water Resources California Water Plan
The California Water Plan provides a framework for water managers, legislators, and the public to consider options and make decisions regarding California’s water future. The Plan, which is updated every five years, presents basic data and information on California’s water resources including water supply evaluations and assessments of agricultural, urban, and environmental water uses to quantify the gap between water supplies and uses. The Plan also identifies and evaluates existing and proposed statewide demand management and water supply augmentation programs and projects to address the State’s water needs. http://www.waterplan.water.ca.gov/
- California Bay-Delta Authority
A cooperative effort of 20 state & fed. Agencies working with local communities to improve the quality and reliability of CA water supplies & revive the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem. http://calwater.ca.gov/
- California Watershed Assessment Manual
Guidelines for assessing and monitoring conditions in a watershed. http://cwam.ucdavis.edu/
- Low Impact Development Center
Organization dedicated to the advancement of low impact development technology witht he goal of maintaining or enhancing pre-development hydrology. http://lowimpactdevelopment.org/
- National LID Clearinghouse
This website has been developed through a Cooperative Assistance Agreement under the US EPA Office of Water 104b(3) Program in order to provide a web-based clearinghouse that allows researchers, practitioners, and program managers to collaborate and efficiently disseminate and share information with local governments, states, builders, developers, stakeholders, and environmental groups. The administrative and technical information available through this clearinghouse will be useful to permit writers, local government officials, watershed managers, and stakeholders. http://www.lid-stormwater.net/clearinghouse/
- Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
National network of water professionals dealith with land use and water issues. http://nemo.uconn.edu/about/network.htm
- North Coast Storm Water Coalition
The Coalition's goal is to facilitate the prevention of storm water pollution in Humboldt County by educating residents about stormwater runoff and its effects on water quality in local streams, rivers, Humboldt Bay and the ocean. http://www.northcoaststormwatercoalition.org/
- Our Built and Natural Environments
This US EPA publication summarizes the research on the relationship between the built and natual environments, as well as current understanding of the role of development patterns, urban design and transportation in improving environmental quality. http://www.epa.gov/dced/pdf/built.pdf
- Puget Sound Online: Low Impact Development
Information on low impact development in the Seattle area. http://psp.wa.gov/
- Stormwater Engineering Group
North Carolina State University's team of faculity, students and off-campus Extension faculty. Research areas of interest include stormwater management, watershed and economic impacts of stormwater practices, and low impact development. http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/stormwater/training.htm
- Stormwater Manager’s Resource Center
Reference library for stormwater and urban watershed management. http://stormwatercenter.net/
A web-based tool that allows users to obtain stream flow statistics, drainage basin characteristics, and other information for user-selected sites on streams. http://water.usgs.gov/osw/streamstats/ssonline.html
- University of Wisconsin Extension
University of Wisconsin Extension web site that serves as a gateway to educational programs and publications. http://clean-water.uwex.edu/