Wastershed Plans

Development of a Watershed Based Plan (WBP) is the key step in the efforts to restore our rivers and streams from the impacts of nonpoint sources of pollution. WBPs focus on addressing issues identified by the 303(d) list and TMDLs, with the ultimate goal of restoring the waterbody so it can meet water quality standards.  The NPS Program may assist with WBP development; to learn more contact your regional Basin Coordinator
The WBP is a document that includes an introduction (background and geographic extent of the watershed), followed by nine elements that must be included in order for the plan to qualify for §319 funds.  Click-Here to review WV's WBPs
WBP planning guidance 
Models and other resources related to watershed planning 
  • Load duration curve online provides a process to develop duration curves, which identify pollutant loading capacities relative to a target concentration (Purdue University)
  • Load estimation models (Region 5 and STEPL - US EPA)
  • STEPL online generates HUC12-level information on drainage area, land use, animal units, septics and soils
  • AMDTreat is a computer application for estimating abatement cost of polluted coal mine drainage (OSM)
  • Online Watershed Library (OWL-AWSP)

Note: In certain cases §319 funds may be available for healthy watersheds that are not yet impaired, but may be threatened.  In this case the WBP becomes a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP).  The WPP is similar in format to the WBP. 

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