Local Watershed Plans
Local Watershed Plans (LWPs) are a more comprehensive examination of the factors contributing to degradation of watersheds identified as priorities in the RBRP process. The distribution of impacts and associated mitigation need dictates where EEP initiates a LWP. One or more 14-digit hydrologic units totaling an area of 30-150 square miles are selected for an investigation that is conducted in collaboration with representatives of local governments, environmental resource professionals, nonprofit organizations and local communities. The focus is on opportunities for protection and improvement of water quality, hydrology and habitat.
LWPs are conducted in four phases to provide an evaluation of aquatic-resource conditions, identify and set priorities for opportunities to address watershed needs, and pursue the best opportunities for watershed improvement through compensatory-mitigation projects. Details on EEP's local water planning methodology are provided in the LWP Planning Manual.