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The use of watershed plans as a means of implementing integrated watershed management

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Title: The use of watershed plans as a means of implementing integrated watershed management
Author: Nelson, Michael
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: FitzGibbon, John
Abstract: It has been widely acknowledged that an integrated watershed management (IWM) context can be a useful mechanism to identify and address complex water management and ecosystem issues. The purpose of this research is to explore how watershed plans are used be used as a tool to implement Integrated Watershed Management. The research gathered information by reviewing three case studies that applied watershed plans to implement identified goals from Integrated Watershed Management processes. Watershed plans can be used as an effective bridge between integrated watershed management and land use planning outcomes. There is value in specifically requiring watershed plans to be undertaken as part of land use planning processes to ensure sufficient consideration of the multiple and complicated issues affecting water and natural resources management in Ontario. Results of this research confirm that the use of watershed planning is an effective means of implementing outcomes from Integrated Watershed Management. Recommendations from key informant interviews suggest that best practices for watershed planning include the requirement for the establishment of joint steering committees comprised of key decision-makers, clearly outlining the components of watershed plans required to be completed as part of land use planning exercises, and the requirement to establish requirements for monitoring of policy outcomes.
Date: 2017
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