Prepare Work Plans

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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

You will use your overall watershed plan as the foundation for preparing work plans, which will outline the implementation activities in 2- to 3-year time frames. Think of your watershed plan as a strategic plan for long-term success; and annual work plans are the specific to-do lists to achieve that vision. Work plans can be useful templates for preparing grant applications to fund implementation activities. Depending on the time frame associated with your funding source, your work plan might need to be prepared annually with quarterly reporting. It's also possible to update work plans and make some changes, within the original scope of the work plan, as needed. However, completely changing the focus of the work plan after receiving funding is unacceptable to most funding sources. Table 13-1 (PDF, 728 kb, 18 pp.) on page 13-5 of EPA's Watershed Handbook presents similarities and differences in the scope and breadth of a supposed watershed plan with a hypothetical 319 grant application/work plan for the same area. A written work plan would go beyond this tabular format and explain each parameter in much greater detail.

There are two other key pieces of information to include in your work plans. To help keep track of what will need to be done in the future, it's important to document what will not be done in your proposed work plan that relates to the overall watershed plan. This helps to provide continuity from year to year. In addition, you should indicate other activities that will be conducted using other funds and activities conducted by other cooperating groups as part of the watershed implementation.