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Chapter 4 - Community-Based Watershed Management Handbook

Chapter 4: Developing the Management Plan - A Blueprint for Action

The Management Plan is a blueprint for restoring and protecting an estuary. Written by the estuary program office, with substantial input from stakeholder committees, it identifies the most pressing problems in an estuary and establishes goals, objectives, and actions for resolving them. The Management Plan also contains strategies for monitoring progress and financing implementation. The plans are living documents that are reexamined and revised by the estuary programs on a regular basis to ensure that the goals, objectives, and specific actions continue to address the most pressing problems. During plan development, the NEPs implement demonstration projects to test possible actions and show the results that full plan execution can bring about.

This chapter explains how the NEPs use the results of the Technical Characterization and Base Program Analysis discussed in Chapter 3 to develop Management Plans that address the problems of each estuary. The chapter outlines how the NEPs involve affected jurisdictions, agencies, and other organizations and individuals in the writing of the plan to ensure stakeholder support and a commitment to implement the plan. The chapter also shows how the NEPs use demonstration projects during plan development to showcase innovative management strategies, involve the public, and demonstrate the types of changes that full implementation can bring about.

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