Assign Responsibility

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Watershed Management Process
Build Partnerships
Characterize the Watershed
Set Goals and Identify Solutions
Design an Implementation Program
Implement the Watershed Plan
Measure Progress and Make Adjustments

The longevity of a watershed management plan is contingent upon stakeholder and community involvement. These key focal points that ensure a successful and sustainable watershed plan, including:

  • Permanent staff for administrative duties
  • Consistent, long-term funding
  • Involving stakeholders in planning efforts
  • A group of dedicated individuals who are supported by local government agencies
  • Local ownership of the watershed plan
  • A method for monitoring and evaluating implementation strategies
  • Open communication between organization members

In addition, community buy-in is important for the success of the long term implementation of a watershed management plan. When the community is involved with the program and there is a sense of responsibility and ownership, there will be a greater degree of buy-in or acceptance of your watershed plan. Community buy-in can be achieved by involving community leaders in program development, and by providing economic incentives to the people.