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Water: Recovery Potential

Publications and Training

Recovery Potential Screening: A Tool for Comparing Impaired Waters Restorability - A Watershed Academy Webinar. Presented by Douglas Norton and Tatyana DiMascio, U.S. EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, February 22, 2012
This archived webinar is a two-hour training and tool demonstration session. It helps states, watershed groups and others become acquainted with the Recovery Potential Screening website, methodology and tools for analyzing and comparing restorability differences among watersheds. The website provides step-by-step screening directions, time-saving tools for calculating indices and displaying results, summaries of over 120 ecological, stressor and social indicators, a recovery literature database, and several case studies. Recovery Potential Screening was developed to assist complex planning and prioritizing, provide a user-customizable but systematic and transparent comparison approach, and help improve restoration program results.

A method for comparative analysis of recovery potential in impaired waters restoration planning (PDF) (20 pp, 348K, About PDF) August 2009
This paper appeared in Environmental Management journal in August 2009. It describes an indicator-based method for setting restoration priorities among large numbers of impaired waters through using recovery potential screening.  The paper covers the screening methods, their programmatic purpose, and three state or multi-state scale studies. The original publication Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer is available at www.springerlink.com

Recovery Potential Project (PDF) (2 pp, 857K, About PDF) Mar 2011
This fact sheet overviews tools and data to help state TMDL and restoration programs decide where best to use their limited restoration resources among large numbers of impaired waters.

Comparative analysis of recovery potential in impaired waters restoration planning (PDF) (21 pp, 1MB, About PDF) November 2009
This brief overview presentation was given at the Middle Atlantic Regional Stream Restoration Conference.

Recovery Potential Training Course Materials (available on request, contact us)
This 13.5MB zipped file (emailable upon request) contains all materials used in a one-day training course about recovery potential screening. Contents include six powerpoint presentations, three exercises, and supplementary technical materials. This session occurred in Boston, MA in December 2010.


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