Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters

This handbook is intended to help communities, watershed organizations, state, local, tribal and federal environmental agencies develop and implement watershed plans to meet water quality standards and protect water resources. It was designed to help any organization undertaking a watershed planning effort, and it should be particularly useful to persons working with impaired or threatened waters.

EPA intends for this handbook to supplement existing watershed planning guides that have already been developed by agencies, universities and other nonprofit organizations. The handbook is generally more specific than other guides with respect to guidance on quantifying existing pollutant loads, developing estimates of the load reductions required to meet water quality standards, developing effective management measures and tracking progress once the plan is implemented.

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