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Watershed-Based Plans organize information about the state's water bodies. The purpose of this is to help design projects to protect the watersheds.
The purpose of a Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) is to organize information about Massachusetts watersheds, and present it in a format that will enhance the development and implementation of projects that will restore water quality and beneficial uses in the Commonwealth. The WBP follows EPA's recommended format and is presented consistent with Massachusetts's twenty-seven major planning basins.
All states are required to develop WBPs, but not all states have taken the same approach. Many states, including most or all in New England, have chosen to develop watershed-based plans only for selected watersheds. This will necessarily focus their efforts, and limit their 319 grant funds, to the selected basins. MassDEP's approach has been to develop the WBP statewide, so that good projects in all basins will remain eligible for 319 implementation funds.
EPA guidelines promote the use of Section 319 funding for developing and implementing Watershed-Based Plans. Watershed-Based Plans are required for all projects implemented with s.319 incremental dollars, and are recommended for all watershed projects, whether they are designed to protect unimpaired waters, restore impaired waters, or both. The Guidelines list nine components required to be included in Watershed-Based Plans to restore waters impaired by nonpoint source pollution.
The nine components of a Watershed-Based Plan required by EPA are as follows:
A number of fundamental resource documents provided the information for this WBP. The exact set of resources for each basin is spelled out in the technical memo for the basin. In general, the reference documents include:
In many cases, a great deal of additional information was available but not directly cited, because the information has also been incorporated into the basic resource documents. Data not supported by a DEP- and EPA approved Quality Assurance Project Plan has not been used.
Integrated List Categories of Impairment:
Category 4: Represents a water quality impairment which does not require a TMDL.
Category 4a - TMDL is completed.
Category 4b - Waters expected to attain all designated uses in the near future.
Category 4c - Impairment is not caused by a pollutant.
Category 5: Represents a water quality impairment which requires a TMDL.
The WBP will help you to identify known and likely causes and sources of nonpoint source pollution in your watershed. It will also help you to prioritize the NPS problems, identify appropriate best management practices and watershed-based strategies for addressing the problems, and develop winning proposals to fund the work using 319 nonpoint source competitive grant funds or similar programs.
The Massachusetts WBP web application is currently available here: http://prj.geosyntec.com/MassDEPWBP. Contact Malcolm Harper, MassDEP 319 Program Manager, 508-767-2795, 8 New Bond Street, Worcester, MA 01606 for additional assistance.