The Watershed Approach An Integrated Method for Implementing TMDLs
Overview of the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative: In 1995, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts set out to establish a comprehensive watershed evaluation and protection strategy. In general, the watershed approach is a strategy for effectively protecting and restoring aquatic ecosystems and protecting human health. The strategy has as its premise that many water quality and ecosystem problems are best solved at the watershed level rather than at the individual waterbody or discharger level. The watershed protection approach has four major features: targeting priority problems, a high level of stakeholder involvement, integrated solutions that make use of the expertise and authority of multiple agencies, and measuring success through monitoring and other data gathering.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2000-01-01
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