Watershed-Scale Plans in Action


The watershed management planning process results in a partnership among all affected parties in the watershed. That partnership is essential to the successful management of the land and water resources in the watershed since all partners have a stake in the health of the watershed. Because watershed boundaries do not coincide with political boundaries, the actions of adjacent municipalities upstream can have as much of an impact on the downstream municipality’s land and water resources as those actions carried out locally. Impacts from upstream sources can sometimes undermine the efforts of downstream municipalities to control pollution.

Comprehensive planning for the resources within the entire watershed, with participation and commitment from all municipalities in the watershed, is critical to protecting the health of the watershed’s resources. It is also an efficient way to prioritize the implementation of watershed management plans in times when resources may be limited.


King County
- King County has five watershed with established watershed and/or sub-basin plans. In addition, King County's Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity (B-IBI) Project uses ten metrics that measure different aspects of stream biology to describe aspects of the community that responds to degradation. By measuring these metrics, King County is able to use a score-card system to rank the health of their streams. This system allows for very different streams across different watersheds to be compared to each other and ranked according to their ecological health.

Pierce County uses their Raise the Grade project tracks and reports the water quality of streams and lakes in an annual Water Report Card. The goal of the Raise the Grade project is to improve water quality in streams and lakes with low grades. In addition, Pierce County supports four watershed councils which involve partnerships with cities, resource agencies, watershed groups, and citizens to improve water quality and habitat, educate citizens, and increase public awareness about watershed issues.
 
City of Redmond - Redmond City Council approved the Citywide Watershed Management Plan on December 3rd, 2013. The primary goal of the plan is to focus resources and efforts into specific watersheds (5 total) to recover in-stream habitat within decades.  This will include capital investment planning, design, and construction, in addition to programmatic efforts.