Table Mp01: Ten useful watershed conservation principles
Ten useful watershed conservation principles.*
- For watershed conservation approach to work, there must be widespread recognition that social, economic, and environmental values are compatible.
- Successful watershed conservation requires the formation and support of diverse partnerships under the authority of landowners and other local interest.
- Leadership is critical in the watershed approach to conservation.
- A good coordinator is key to successful watershed conservation projects.
- The best plans have clear visions, goals, and action items.
- Good tools (planning guides, technical assistance, and funding sources) are available to help watershed groups achieve their goals.
- It is important to start small and demonstrate success before working on larger scales, celebrating even minor success as it occurs.
- Plans are most likely to succeed in implemented on a manageable scale.
- Public awareness, education and involvement are keys to building and maintaining support for watershed conservation efforts.
- Measuring and communicating progress is essential to the success of watershed conservation efforts.
*For EPA Publication 840-F-97-001, call the National Center for Environmental Publications and Information at 1-800-490-9198.