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Use Restoration Watershed (URW) Program

Cleaning Up NC Waters


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Mission

The URW Program works with watershed partners to restore impaired waters, while also ensuring protective measures are in place to prevent future degradation. This mission is fulfilled by: 1) prioritizing waters for restoration, 2) promoting & supporting restoration initiatives, & 3) document of restoration efforts. (read more)

What is a Watershed

Land area where all precipitation (rain, snow, etc.) and surface and groundwater all flow/move to same downslope location (lake, river, marsh, ocean).

Financial Resources

To learn more about financial resources for restoring watersheds, click here.

Contacts

Paul Clark, URW Coordinator
NCDENR-DWR, Planning Section, Basinwide Planning Unit
paul.clark@ncdenr.gov
919-807-6443


Find a Local Watershed Plan

(By 12-Digit HUC / Subwatershed)

 
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[1] Subwatersheds with watershed plans.

[2] Impaired Waters include categories 4 and 5 on the Integrated Report.

This map identifies watersheds where some type of watershed plan (or study) has been completed. There are many different entities that develop watershed plans or fund the development of these plans and not all watershed plans are the same. Plans developed in association with 319 funding are to follow the Nonpoint Source 319 Program guidance that specifically identifies nine elements that are to be addressed in the watershed plan. The Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP) follows its own program guidance when coordinating watershed plan preparation. EEP works with consultants to develop Local Watershed Plans (LWPs) and they also conduct their own Targeted Local Watershed (TLWs) assessments. The Division of Water Resources (DWR) 319 program and Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) both provide monies on a competitive basis to others to develop or implement watershed plans. Many of the CWMTF funded plans are associated with stormwater management. This website also includes those watersheds where TMDLs have been done. TMDLs determine the reduction needed from one or more pollutants for the water to meet standards, but TMDLs do not include implementation (strategy to improve the water). The Use Restoration Watershed (URW) program works with those developing and/or implementing watershed plans and also coordinates the different entities involved in watershed planning to facilitate leveraging of resources and promote more effective watershed efforts.

Stay Tuned! This website will either include (or link to) many of the local watershed groups in NC to help promote awareness of the different groups should anyone want to learn more and/or assist them. It should also make it easier for different watershed groups to assist each other in terms of sharing experience, knowledge, etc.

How to Develop Watershed Plan

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