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Achieving Teamwork: Linking Watershed Planning and Coastal Zone Management in the Great Lakes

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A common challenge within coastal management is how to best integrate watershed planning into regional efforts intended to address critical coastal issues, especially those related to water resources and water quality. To examine this challenge two case studies of watershed planning efforts from the coastal environ of Lake Erie have been selected for comparative review. The preparation of a watershed restoration plan for the Maumee Area of Concern (AOC) in northwest Ohio required the assessment of coastal management measures for the Lake Erie portion of the watershed. For the Long Point region, Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Erie, separate planning initiatives for coastal management and watershed planning have evolved over the last two decades. However, what are the best means to ensure that efforts to address water resources are linked between the often focused but distinct planning approaches for coastal and watershed areas within a common management regime? Can a more effective and efficient planning regime be defined to ensure that there exists a consistent and coordinated management approach? The experiences from the Maumee AOC and Long Point region suggest that a consideration of careful coordination policies is needed and the coastal management should be strongly linked to efforts to undertake broader planning objectives within their respective watersheds.
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Keywords: Great Lakes; Lake Erie; Ohio; Ontario; coastal management; watershed planning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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