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Design an Implementation Program - Develop an Implementation Schedule

The schedule component of a watershed plan involves turning goals and objectives into specific tasks. The schedule should include a timeline of when each phase of the step will be implemented and accomplished, as well as the agency/organization responsible for implementing the activity. In addition, your schedule should be broken down into increments that you can reasonably track and review. You will prepare more detailed schedules as part of your annual work plans. This section should result in element f of the nine elements. Element f is a "schedule for implementing the nonpoint source management measures identified in the plan that is reasonably expeditious."

In developing schedules, it helps to obtain assistance from those who have had previous experience in applying the recommended actions. Locate experienced resource agency staff and previous management practice project managers where possible to identify the key steps. Be sure to note sequence or timing issues that need to be coordinated to keep tasks on track.

Implementation Matrix

To provide a clear guide for stakeholders implementing the watershed plan, it is recommended to develop an implementation plan matrix, which can help to increase the likelihood of completing actions on time and within budget, as well as facilitating the development of annual work plans. Worksheet 12-1 (below), taken from Appendix B of EPA's Watershed Handbook (PDF) (28 pp, 320K, About PDF), is an example of an implementation matrix.

 

Worksheet 12-1

Sample Implementation Plan Matrix

 

Watershed Goals

Goal 1: Restore water quality to meet designated uses for fishing

Objective 1: Reduce sedimentation by 20 percent

 

Tasks for G1/O1

Respon. Party

Total Costs

Funding Mechanism

Indicators

Milestones

 

 

 

 

 

Short

< 1 yr

Med

< 3 yr

Long

< 7 yr

Remaining

Task 1

Seek donation of conservation easements from property owners along Baron Creek

Local land trust

$0

 

# acres donated

2

7

10

10

I/E Activities Task 1

Hold informational workshop with property owners

Develop brochures on how to donate easements

Local land trust

$3,000

Sect. 319 funding

# workshops held

# participants

# requests for assistance

3

40

2

 

 

3

45

4

 

 

 

0

Task 2

Purchase greenway alongside Baron Creek

County park district

$2,000/

mile

County general

funds

# miles purchased

2

4

7

5

I/E Activities Task 2

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Task 3

Develop ordinance requiring a 150-ft easement for new construction in floodplain of Baron Creek

Local municipalities

$0

 

# ordinances adopted

1

2

4

0

I/E Activities Task 3

Run articles in local newspapers on benefits of ordinances

Watershed Committee

$0

 

# articles

2

5

8

0

Task 4

Install 300 ft of riparian buffer along Baron Creek

County dept. of natural resources

$2,500

EQIP, CREP

# ft of buffers

100

 

 

 

Monitoring Activities for Task 1/2/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor sediment load before and after implementation

State DEP

$5,000/

Yr

Section 319 funding, state funds

Annual TSS load

(kg/yr)

2,500

2,250

2,000

 

Evaluate substrate habitat

State DEP &

Watershed Committee

$3,000/

Yr

Section 319 funding, local volunteers

% embeddedness

% sand

 

12

10

 

6

5

 

3

2

 

 


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