Setting realistic and measurable goals is key to the successful implementation of this Watershed Management Plan. A goal is the desired change or outcome as a result of the watershed planning effort. Depending on the magnitude of the problem, goals may be general, specific, long-term or short-term. The goals in this plan focus on improving water quality through the implementation of a variety of management measures. IDEM suggests watershed groups focus on developing goals, management measures, action plans, resources, and legal matters as part of the watershed planning process. According to IDEM, management measures describe what needs to be controlled or changed in order to achieve the goal. In order to successfully implement this plan, resources such as people, programs, and money need to be identified. It is important to have the support of individuals identified as resources to successfully execute the goals of the plan. Successful implementation may require some legal matters such as obtaining permits, purchasing easements, or the adoption of an ordinance. The UWRBC has decided to focus on goals that improve both water quality issues and water quantity issues in the Upper Wabash River watershed. The topics of concern and the goals outlined by the Commission are described below. Responsibility for implementing tasks will vary with agency initiatives, directives, staffing, and funding opportunities.
Education Goal: Improve water quality to meet Indiana water quality targets and reduce damages associated with water quantity in the Wabash River watershed through education and outreach efforts that focus on changing stakeholder’s habits and behaviors.
Flooding Goal: Reduce in-stream and private property damages, nearly $1.6 million since 1978, associated with increased water quantity through collaborative efforts basin-wide, including the Ohio drainage area.
Agricultural Goal: Promote application and participation to implement BMPs throughout the watershed in an effort to remove 303(d) segment listings and impairments within the Upper Wabash River Basin.
Land Use/Future Development Goal: Improve water quality to meet Indiana water quality targets and reduce damages associated with water quantity in the Wabash River watershed through basin-wide land use planning and ordinance development for the protection of agricultural activities and floodplain management.
E. coli Reduction Goal: Remove 303(d) segment listings and impairments within the Upper Wabash River Basin due to E. coli and nutrient concentrations through proper agricultural nutrient management and on-site household wastewater treatment systems.