The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a draft guide to help communities, watershed organizations, and local, state, tribal and federal environmental agencies to develop and implement watershed plans to meet water quality standards and protect water resources. The Handbook for Developing Water Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters offers practical tips and a robust framework to help any and all local or regional watershed planning efforts. The Handbook should be particularly useful to those working to improve and restore impaired or threatened waters. EPA intends for the Handbook to supplement the many good watershed planning guides developed by other agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations.
You can order a free paper copy of the Handbook from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications by contacting NSCEP at (800) 490-9198 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and request EPA document number EPA-841-B-05-005. You may also download a PDF version of the Handbook for free at www.epa.gov/nps/watershed_handbook.