Why make a WBP for the Still? 

  • Develop a framework for collaboration around shared watershed management issues;

  • Gather and synthesize existing science and planning;

  • Identify projects to improve water quality, enhance recreation, and reduce flood damage;

  • Create a new tool for bringing funding and other resources into the area to address watershed management issues and improve the river as a community amenity.

How do you create a WBP in the Still?

  1. Assemble a group of Watershed Plan Partners - The Partners are individuals from municipalities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations and volunteers that act as a steering committee for the planning process. The Partners meet quarterly; details from these meetings can be found on the Meeting Documents page. To learn more about who the Partners are, visit the Partners & Funders page.

  2. Develop an Existing Conditions Report and solicit public feedback - Existing plans and studies related to watershed management (e.g. TMDLs, ongoing research, and land-use/natural resource plans) will be evaluated and combined with the results of extensive field assessments into an Existing Conditions Report. The Existing Conditions Report and public comments will help inform future goals for the management of the Still River Watershed.

  3. Write Mission and Goals for the Watershed Plan - The Partners will use the Existing Conditions Report and public/stakeholder feedback to establish goals and a mission for the Watershed Plan. 

  4. Identify and prioritize projects and programs and develop implementation strategies - Based on the Existing Conditions Report, the Partners will develop a list of potential projects and programs. These initiatives will be prioritized based on cost effectiveness, pollution reduction potential, and capacity to accomplish multiple objectives. 

  5. Assemble draft Watershed Management Plan document and solicit comments from stakeholders and the public - The draft Watershed Plan document will include the products of all of the above tasks, i.e.:

  • Existing Conditions Report

  • Watershed Plan Vision and Goals

  • Catalog of potential watershed management projects and programs 

  • Implementation strategies for the highest ranked initiatives

When these items are compiled, the draft Watershed Management Plan document will be made available for comments from stakeholders and the public. 

   6.   Finalize Watershed Management Plan and work towards official adoption by watershed              municipalities