Watershed assessments provide locally-led initial estimates of where conservation investments would best address the concerns of land managers, conservation districts, and other community organizations and stakeholders. These assessments help land-managers and local leaders set critical source priorities and determine the best actions to achieve their goals.
Watershed Assessment plans are voluntary, comprehensive plans for watersheds, which considers all natural resources in the planning area as well as relevant social and economic considerationsto assess their natural resource conditions and needs, set goals, identify programs and other resources to achieve those goals. These plans are typically led by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts with assistance from local land managers, Federal, State or local agencies or other partner organizations.
A WA plan utilizes the comprehensive NRCS Areawide planning process to prioritize resource concern and conservation practices down to a critical source area* level. There is extensive data needed to write these assessment plans, including landscape modeling calculations to inform decisions; such as, PTMApp, ACPF, etc.. A detailed description of the requirements of a watershed assessment plan can be found within the “NWQI/MRBI Watershed Assessment Guidance” document.
How do you know if you have a plan that already meets the NRCS Watershed Assessment requirements or not? The proposed area needs to be either a HUC 10 or HUC 12 watershed to be eligible to receive prioritized funding through the Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) or the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) programs.
How do you know which initiative program to seek planning or implementation funding through?
Next Steps | Start preparing now!
Local partners have the following tools to help prepare for the next “call for Proposals” to participate in MRBI or NWQI.