The Restoration

Critical Issues and Areas
Critical issues and areas affecting the condition of each watershed were identified from multiple sources, including Steering Committee resource knowledge, interviews with knowledgeable experts, input from citizens within the watersheds via public workshops, results of field reconnaissance conducted by the field team, review and interpretation of current and historical data, and analyses of historic aerial photography and maps. Critical issues and areas for each watershed are:
     Mercury Impairments
     Sediment Transport
     Nutrient Loading
     Stormwater Runoff
     Invasive Species
     Habitat Loss
     Land Use Change
     Sea Level Rise Impacts

Recommended Management Measures
The Watershed Management Team, working in cooperation with stakeholders, developed the following management measures to address the purpose of the WMP, specific goals, and priority issues.
     Establish a Fowl River Watershed Management Task Force
     Pursue funding opportunities
     Advocate for updating subdivision regulations and encourage retrofitting of existing developments
     Restore and stabilize shorelines in the coastal zone of the Watershed
     Expand and improve safety signage
     Advocate for improved household waste management
     Establish a public outreach and education program
     Emphasize leveraging of funding sources
     Establish a Watershed monitoring program
     Expand habitat conservation
     Engage farmers in improving water quality
     Implement habitat restoration and stormwater project opportunities

Recommended Project/Program Prioritization and Cost Estimates

Implementation Strategy
Implementation of the recommended management measures should begin immediately after approval of the WMP. Initial implementation should focus on the most critical issues and the prioritized management measures identified in the WMP. Many of the management measures can occur concurrently as soon as the necessary funding is available.

A monitoring program is necessary to continue to document the overall health of the Fowl River Watershed, track the success or failure of the implemented management measures, and determine where additional measures are necessary. The monitoring plan should encompass the greatest possible portion of the Watershed with the least number of samples while providing sufficient detail to identify probable source areas for elements of concern.

The monitoring program should clearly define the objectives of the sampling and identify which known and potential issues within the Watershed are being evaluated. Standard sampling and analyses protocols accepted by state and federal agencies should be used to collect and analyze data. Data collected during monitoring should be used to assess the effectiveness of recommended management measures one completed and the success of those measures in accomplishing the goals and objectives.

Monitoring and Research Studies