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Design an Implementation Program - Results and Next Steps

The implementation program will include a defined set of management actions and practices that describe BMP types, locations, installation schedules, operational requirements, and a process for assessing progress toward addressing the pollutants/stressors and their sources throughout the watershed. The intent is to develop an overarching sense of what ¾ and how much ¾ needs to be done. It is highly unlikely that a watershed partnership will accurately predict pollutant loads, locate the exact sources, and identify the precise level of BMPs needed to meet water quality criteria during the first iteration of implementation of the watershed plan. However, it is likely that the group will develop a strong sense of the most pressing problems, where they are located, and the intensity of effort needed to effectively address them. Subsequent iterations of BMP planning, implementation, and monitoring will help to refine the approach over time, ensuring that the 'plan/do/check' cycles eventually achieve the goals established for the watershed. This calls for an information and education component, a monitoring program, and an evaluation process capable of checking progress and ensuring that technical, financial, and other required resources are available for deployment as needed.

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