upper wabash river basin commission

117 West Harvest Road • Bluffton, IN 46714
260-824-0624 ext. 3

upper wabash river basin commission

Watershed Management Plan – Phase I (completed August 2007)

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Watershed planning is especially important to help prevent future water resource problems, preserve watershed functions, and ensure future economic, political, and environmental health.

The Watershed Management Plan (WMP) is intended to benefit communities in the watershed by helping to improve the local economy, increase effectiveness of government, and preserve the environment through comprehensive water resource planning. Watershed planning can benefit the local economy by helping to protect drinking water supply, decrease losses related to floods, and increase property values by providing attractive and safe living and recreation areas. Good watershed planning can improve the effectiveness of government through more direct public involvement that earns the trust and support of the community and guarantees that all community interests are treated fairly. The planning effort also helps to ensure that current water quality in the community is preserved and that the community will not suffer significant financial losses due to loss of natural resource buffers and other natural resources.

Input from the farmer, homeowner, government administrator, elected official, and others in the community will help to ensure that there is balanced and equitable distribution of responsibility for and benefits of good water quality in the watershed.

To download the entire Watershed Management Plan (Click Here)

To download the plan in sections, choose below:

1.0 Introduction (Click Here)
1.1 Watershed-based Planning
1.2 Watershed Partnerships
1.3 Public Participation
1.4 Watershed Location
1.5 Description & History

2.0 Indentifying Water Quality Problems and Causes (Click Here)
2.1 Stakeholder Concerns
2.2 Water Quality Baseline Studies
2.3 Baseline Water Quality: Concerns, Problems & Causes

3.0 Identifying Pollutant Sources (Click Here)
3.1 Potential Point Sources of Pollution
3.2 Potential Nonpoint Sources of Pollution

4.0 Identifying Critical Areas (Click Here)
4.1 Beneficial Critical Areas
4.2 Critical Areas as Potential Sources of Pollution
This Section was Revised in April of 2011 (Click Here for Revision)
4.3 Estimating Pollutant Loadings & Reductions

5.0 Goals and Decisions (Click Here)
5.1 Potential Implementation Timeline

6.0 Monitoring Effectiveness (Click Here)