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Useful Resources Available for Citizens Interested in Starting a Watershed Management Project

"Watershed Management Starter Kit" [BROKEN]includes five guides and a video--everything you need to get you started organizing a watershed partnership for your community $18). Conservation Technology Information Center[BROKEN] (765) 494-9555.  Exit EPA Disclaimer

The Clean Water Act: An Owner's ManualExit EPA Disclaimer

Model Ordinances to Protect Local Resources serve as a template for those charged with making decisions concerning growth and environmental protection. Includes several real-life examples of ordinances used by local and state governments around the nation. Ordinances address aquatic buffers, erosion and sediment control, open space development, stormwater control operation and maintenance, illicit discharges, and post construction controls among others. Also visit the Center for Watershed Protection Exit EPA Disclaimer for more information on "smart growth."

Project NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) uses GIS technology to educate landowners and municipal officials about nonpoint source pollution and watershed protection. University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, Chester Arnold, Haddam, CT, (860) 345-4511, (860) 345-3357 (fax). Exit EPA Disclaimer

Smart Growth Network is a growing coalition of developers, planners, government officials, lending institutions, community development organizations, architects, environmentalists and community activists all stakeholders in the development process. By building coalitions and partnerships,developing information and analytical tools and programs and establishing dialogues among development stakeholders, the Smart Growth Network hopes to encourage more environmentally and fiscally responsible land use, growth and development. Exit EPA Disclaimer


EPA documents are available from the National Center for Environmental Publications and Information at 1-800-890-9198, 1-513-489-8190, 1-513-489-8695 (fax), and on the web at http://yosemite.epa.gov/water/owrccatalog.nsf/.

Watershed Information Network.[BROKEN] Online service where users can locate their watershed and discover its condition and the partnerships to protect it. Target audience: General Public and Watershed Managers.

Water Quality Reports . The National Water Quality Inventory Report to Congress (305(b) report) is the primary vehicle for informing Congress and the public about general water quality conditions in the United States. This document characterizes our water quality, identifies widespread water quality problems of national significance, and describes various programs implemented to restore and protect our waters.

Coastal Conditions Report II. This report is the second in a series and describes the ecological and environmental conditions in U.S. coastal waters. It summarizes the condition of ecological resources in the estuaries of the United States and highlights several exemplary Federal, State, Tribal, and local programs that assess coastal ecological and water quality conditions.

Oceans Policy Final Report . An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century calls for a new governance framework, more investment in marine science and a new stewardship ethic by all Americans - all within the context of an ecosystem-based management approach - to halt the decline of this nation's oceans and coasts. In total, the Commission put forward 212 recommendations for a new national ocean policy in the 610-page report.

Watershed Academy. Pointer system to watershed training opportunities. Target audience: State & Local Agencies, Watershed Project Leaders.

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs):  TMDLs are an effective framework established under the Clean Water Act for identifying and restoring impaired waterbodies.

The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site . is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. To select funding programs for particular requirements, use either of two searches below. One is based on subject matter criteria, and the other is based on words in the title of the funding program

Watershed Top Ten Lessons Learned. Drawn from the experience of more than 100 watershed practitioners and those that support them, this valuable guide provides insight into important lessons learned and details " what works" and "what doesn't." Also provides tremendous list of contacts and resources.

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