A User's Guide to Watershed Planning in Maryland

A Userís Guide to Watershed Planning in Maryland presents a common watershed planning framework for Maryland communities, assembles planning resources into one place, integrates regulatory drivers, and presents the methods necessary for completing a local watershed plan. Local government staff are the primary audience for this guide. Other groups writing watershed plans in Maryland such as watershed organizations are also encouraged to utilize this framework. The Guide incorporates a review of more than 47 local watershed planning surveys; a review of existing watershed management planning guides; and research on Maryland GIS mapping, monitoring, modeling, and financial resources available to watershed planners. The Guide starts by introducing a basic eight-step framework for developing watershed plans followed by 27 principles of an effective watershed plan. The remainder of the guide is dedicated to describing the methods used to complete the steps and meet the principles. The methods are organized into four broad categories: desktop analysis, field assessment, stakeholder involvement, and management methods. Userís Guide downloadable tools are provided in lieu of appendices and are referenced throughout the document.

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User's Guide to Watershed Planning in Maryland

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last updated February 16, 2006