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Key components of Watershed District and WMO Plans

  1. An inclusive and interactive development process
  2. Goals and objectives that produce measurable results
  3. A comprehensive implementation section that outlines the activities of numerous entities, not just the watershed management organization or watershed district.

Inclusive and interactive plan development process

There are many different approaches to getting public participation and the input of entities managing water and land resources. There is no best way or template to fit all situations. Some common approaches include:

A) Public Meetings

Many planning efforts conduct a number of public meetings to explain the planning process, the goals of the plan and to solicit input. All public meeting must be legally noticed (see sample) and conducted.

Maps or other materials that depict the resources (extent, condition, threats, etc) of the county are very helpful to have on hand at these meetings.

B) Workshops with Interest Groups: 

C) Coordination with Other Units of Government

It is important for the WMO/WD to conduct meetings with other unit of governments to coordinate efforts. Focus communication and energy on the implementation portion of the plan. Agreements may be executed to establish responsibilities of various entities to implement the plan.

Understanding the range, scope, and context of relevant plans and controls in the watershed will help identify how this plan will interact with other authorities and plans:

Goals and objectives that result in measurable results

Measuring the results of programs developed through watershed management planning in straightforward ways is important. Unfortunately, too often measures of success are attached to long-term goals that make it difficult to show progress to the citizenry. Results-oriented objectives provide a framework to act and a method for measuring what the expenditure of tax dollars is accomplishing.

The following are examples of what is meant by result-oriented statements:

Focus on implementation

When reviewing the plan for approval, BWSR looks closely at the implementation section (chapters 6 and 7 as described in M.R. 8410). This section should outline activities of numerous entities managing water resources in the watershed. It should clearly define:

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