Topic 1: The Watershed Approach
EPA has long focused on identifying impaired waters and restoring their water quality. Recently, EPA has begun efforts on the protection and conservation of healthy, functioning watersheds, which provide the ecological support system essential for achieving water quality restoration. Our challenge is to weave a range of voluntary programs, regulations, and strategies into an effective method of protecting whole geographically based drainage areas.
• If you have experience with protecting watersheds, what has worked and what hasn’t?
• How can we protect and improve watersheds given the challenges of various sources of pollution?
• What examples of effective practices and strategies can be “scaled up” to State and national levels for greater effectiveness and broader use?
For more detail about why and how conference participants will be approaching this topic, please see the Discussion Document at right.
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