The Goal of the BRWA’s Watershed Management Planning (WMP) process is to work with watershed residents, stakeholders, and decision-makers to develop recommendations for the management of land, water, and biodiversity in our watersheds. The BRWA will then support collaborative efforts to put these recommendations into practice.
Our watershed management work includes three main focus areas:
The first step in watershed management is knowing and reporting on the state of our watersheds. “Our Battle: State of the Battle River and Sounding Creek Watersheds” was published in 2011. More recently, we’ve been working on developing an updated “Health in the Watershed” Atlas that incorporates various indicators of ecological, community, and public health.
By monitoring changes in our watersheds over time, we can determine if watershed management actions are achieving the desired outcomes set out in our recommendations.
Once we know where we are, we can see where we want to go. The BRWA’s vision to build a healthy and resilient watershed can be achieved by following recommendations in our Watershed Management Plan. Our plan is broken into 12 planning components, which fall under the 4 broad categories of water quality, water quantity, land management, and biodiversity.
Our plans are not meant to sit on a shelf; they are designed to be implemented. Our 12 planning components all have suggestions for actions to improve the health of our watersheds. It won’t be easy, but we are dedicated to working with the people who live, work, and play in our watersheds to put our plans into action.
There is a rich history of Watershed Management in our area.
Watershed resiliency recognizes three key building blocks of our watershed: our environment, our society, and our economy. Our environment — this watershed, the place we call home — is the foundation upon which our communities and economy rest. A healthy natural environment supports vibrant communities and a viable economy over the long term. Our use of resources must be compatible with the capacity of ecosystems to provide ecological goods and services. In this way, we support the social-ecological resilience of our watersheds.