“This handbook will help anyone undertaking a watershed planning effort, but it should be particularly useful to persons working with impaired or threatened waters,” says EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin Grumbles.
The 414-page handbook is designed to take the user through each step of the watershed planning process:
- watershed monitoring and assessment
- community outreach
- selection and application of available models
- best management practices
- effectiveness databases
- plan adjustment
EPA is making this draft document widely available with the purpose of having it used and tested by a variety of watershed partnerships, whose advice will be considered in developing the final version. Comments should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30, 2006.
The draft handbook is available online at www.epa.gov/owow/nps/watershed_handbook. You can order a free copy from the National Service Center for Environ-mental Publications by calling 800-490-9198 or sending an email to: email@example.com.