DMS watershed planners work with private-sector contractors, local governments, community stakeholders, resource professionals, landowners and others to identify watershed improvement goals and work to build collaborations to address these goals through the development of watershed plans.
DMS watershed plans develop management recommendations and identify the best locations to implement stream, wetland and riparian-buffer restoration projects, as well as stormwater and agricultural BMPs, based upon the major stressors in the watershed.
STAKEHOLDER WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT REPORTING
Successful watershed improvement requires the work of multiple partners. DMS collaborates with local governments, community stakeholders, resource professionals, private-sector contractors, landowners and others to develop watershed improvement goals and implement projects through its watershed planning processes. Success doesn’t happen overnight and often takes many years, but concentrating watershed-improvement projects developed by multiple partners in the areas of greatest need, increases the opportunity to bring about positive change to watershed resources.
In an effort to track projects developed by partners in DMS local watershed planning areas, DMS developed a form for watershed stakeholders to complete. The form enables local governments, non-profits and other resource professionals to document watershed-improvement initiatives. These may include wetland and stream restoration projects, preservation projects, stormwater and agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs), or institutional measures such as the adoption of local buffer ordinances. Please complete the below form and help DMS document the watershed improvement efforts taking place in priority watersheds across the state.