EEP performs watershed assessments to identify the watersheds of greatest need for improvement throughout the state. EEP staff evaluates GIS data, stakeholder input, water-quality data, as well as local land uses and ordinances, in order to identify best locations to implement watershed-improvement projects.
Local watershed plans also incorporate physical, chemical and biological monitoring to determine the general functional integrity of streams, wetlands and other aquatic systems in the watershed. This includes the identification of the key stressors and their sources that impact water quality, habitat and hydrology. These analyses enable EEP and watershed stakeholders to effectively focus on-the-ground projects and management strategies.