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"Wetland & Watershed" Article Series from the Center for Watershed Protection

The Center for Watershed Protection has issued a series of six Wetland & Watershed articles:

          1. Direct and Indirect Impacts of Urbanization on Wetland Quality 
          2. Using Local Watershed Plans to Protect Wetlands
          3. Adapting Watershed Tools to Protect Wetlands
          4. Model Ordinance for Local Wetland Protection
          5. Urban Wetland Restoration Techniques
          6. Local Tools for Protecting Vulnerable Wetlands and Aquatic Resources 

A Birds Eye View of the Region’s Changing Landscape - Thomas R. Loveland

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey is studying the variability of the rates and causes of landscape change in the Southeast using satellite images, field surveys, and an ecoregions-based approach. The wide ranging land cover patterns across the Southeast United States are the result of different combinations of climatic, geologic, soils, hydrologic, vegetative, and human management (land use) factors.

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ACT/ACF River Basin Compact: What Have We Learned? Roger A. Burke

Southeast and Tennessee Watershed Roundtable Presentation, 2004

The water resources of the Alabama, Coosa, and Tallapoosa River Basin, which drains over 22,000 square miles of Georgia and Alabama, and the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River Basin, which drains almost 20,000 square miles of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, have been extensively developed to address human needs.

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Center for Watershed Protection's Wetlands Web Site

Here you will find guidance on local tools to protect wetlands. This website features: Wetlands & Watersheds Article Series, Wetland Slideshows, Wetland Web Resources, Wetland Research Bibliography, Upcoming Wetland-Related Events. The article series was developed by the Center for Watershed Protection in cooperation with the U.S. EPA.

EPA Watershed Training Opportunities
This booklet describes the watershed training opportunities sponsored by EPA’s Office of Water and the Watershed Academy.

Montgomery County, MD Green Infrastructure Plan
This website displays the Green Infrastructure Functional Master Plan with the following goals: Provide a policy guide for development and zoning decisions; help guide master plans; provide a planning tool to help improve water quality; realize forest protection goals; increase the potential for state funding of open space preservation; and support the desired development pattern identified in the county's General Plan and facilitate smart growth.

Montgomery County, MD Special Protection Areas for Streams
The streams in Montgomery County, including those found in parkland, on private property, or elsewhere in the neighborhood, are an important part of the natural resources of the county. A healthy stream provides recreational, natural, and aesthetic benefits. Over 1500 miles of streams in Montgomery County provide habitat to our rich and diverse aquatic life and water-dependent wild life. A healthy stream contributes to good drinking water and helps protect the Chesapeake Bay.

Potomac Highlands Watershed School

The Potomac Highlands Watershed School is a place where students in the Potomac Highlands and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay region can learn about the watershed issues, and teachers can come for educational support with lesson plans and ties to curriculum standards.  Just click on any door and make yourself at "home."  


Smart Growth for Clean Water Report from the Trust for Public Land
This report identifies five smart growth approaches that can improve water quality: land conservation, waterfront brownfields revitalization, urban and community forestry, low impact development, and watershed management. (2003) This report showcases the results of the Smart Growth for Clean Water Project, launched in 2000 by the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals (NALGEP) in partnership with the Trust for Public Land, U.S. EPA, the U.S. Forest Service, ERG, and five state/local demonstration projects.

This Project is designed to help states and localities use smart growth tools as key strategies for achieving clean water goals. Project objectives include:

• Educating local and state elected and appointed officials about opportunities to use smart growth tools to improve water quality and meet federal regulatory mandates.

• Fostering interaction among smart growth, brownfields, water quality, and urban and community forestry leaders.

• Showcasing and assisting specific demonstration projects that illustrate how state and local governments can use smart growth tools to improve water quality, control stormwater, meet regulatory mandates, and achieve other community objectives.

• Identifying state and federal policy barriers that are discouraging the use of smart growth tools for clean water and developing solutions to overcome these barriers.

• Disseminating information on available smart growth tools, projects, programs, and resources to help local and state governments achieve their water quality objectives.

Sustainable Financing for Watershed Protection

Presentation for the Southeast Watershed Forum’s conference, Building Sustainable Communities for the 21st Century, held August 12-14, 2008, in Charleston, SC.

Sustainable Financing for Watershed Protection - Jeff Hughes, Environmental Finance Center UNC School of Government

The Upper Cahaba Watershed Study
The Upper Cahaba Watershed Study is joint project between many interest groups in the Upper Cahaba basin. The website tracks the progress of the group as they move through plan development and implementation. The first phase of the Upper Cahaba Watershed Plan is an 18-month study to develop the tools necessary to assess the condition of the Upper Cahaba Watershed and develop the best approaches for land development planning and protection of the watershed for future years.

The Use of Best Management Practices in Urban Watersheds

EPA Report (pdf): The Use of Best Management Practices in Urban Watersheds. By Swarna Muthukrishnan, Bethany Madge Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Edison, New Jersey 08837 and Ari Selvakumar, Richard Field, Daniel Sullivan U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Edison, New Jersey 08837. 

  • Chapter 1: Executive Summary
  • Chapter 2: Types of Best Management Practices
  • Chapter 3: Stuctural BMP Design Practices
  • Chapter 4: BMP Monitoring
  • Chapter 5: Effective Use of BMP's in Stormwater Management
  • Chapter 6: BMP Cost


Watershed Based Permitting
Watershed-based NPDES permitting is a process that emphasizes addressing all stressors within a hydrologically-defined drainage basin, rather than addressing individual pollutant sources on a discharge-by-discharge basis. Watershed-based permitting can encompass a variety of activities ranging from synchronizing permits within a basin to developing water quality-based effluent limits using a multiple discharger modeling analysis. The type of permitting activity will vary depending on the characteristics of the watershed and the sources of pollution. This site contains information on policy and guidance including background information and examples.

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