Green Communities Research Center
Watershed management is important for preserving instream flows, preventing stream bank erosion, protecting riparian and aquatic habitat, maintaining wetlands, and source water protection. Watersheds often cross political boundaries, so watershed plans may involve various stakeholders working together for the benefit of individual communities as well as the watershed as a whole.
Looking for resources on watershed management? Check out APA's Policy Guide on Water Resources Management, the July/August 2008 PAS Memo "Applying GIS-Based Land Suitability Analysis," and the McDowell Creek Watershed case study.