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Liquid Assets 2000: Watershed Partnerships:

Frameworks for Success

Federal, state, and local agencies are uniting with locally led partnerships and using technical tools like the TMDL cleanup program to address the nation's remaining challenges. Watershed restoration programs nationwide have demonstrated that partnerships promoting voluntary stewardship can protect America's water resources andrestore even badly degraded conditions by using innovation, creative problem solving and cooperative action.


Watershed partnerships are active in every state, attacking pollution problems with newly energized initiatives to clean up America's waters and restore wildlife habitat. Voluntary stewardship programs help channel resources and time toward constructive restoration projects.



Watershed Partnerships Help Restore Shellfish Beds

Efforts of the multi-partner Puget Sound Water Quality Action Team, one of the 28 National Estuary Programs, have restored more than 10,000 acres of commercial shellfish beds despite significant population growth and development. The public-private efforts made by another National Estuary Program, the Sarasota Bay Project, have resulted in a 20 percent increase in seagrass habitat in Sarasota Bay since 1988, as well as the return of the bay scallop to the northern Bay.

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Lititz Run Watershed Restoration

The Lititz Run Watershed Alliance, composed of 15 to 20 community residents, has initiated more than 15 individual projects to restore habitat, create wetlands, plant forest buffers, and reduce polluted runoff from farms and urban areas. Faculty and students from the local high school were thrilled at one tangible result of their actions--the sighting of a black crowned night heron at a wetland constructed at the regional water quality facility.

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