BIBI5.1: Conduct watershed-scale planning to protect and restore water quality.
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Regional Priority Approach Description
Conduct watershed-scale planning to protect and restore water quality.
Desired Outcome - Develop watershed-scale plans that:
- Employ traditional water quality protection, as well as explore land use planning tools to better protect freshwater quality.
- Prioritize where to focus restoration efforts versus protection efforts.
- Identify how to best protect freshwater resources.
Policy Needs - Implement watershed-scale B-IBI planning processes:
- Local governments develop inter-local agreements for cross-jurisdictional landuse/water quality planning.
- State Department of Ecology to finalize and share watershed planning/stormwater control transfer guidance.
Example Actions - Carry out watershed-scale B-IBI planning processes and activities that would facilitate planning processes:
- Establish enabling conditions (build trust, encourage buy-in and participation from local governments, recognize value, pre-planning assessments, etc.)
- Build plan/planning structure (such as the King County B-IBI planning approach).
- Develop a region-wide toolkit based on guidance from the state Department of Ecology, and incorporate opportunities for cross-jurisdictional learning.
- Reconcile/refine current plans.
- Develop new plans.
- Implement plans.
- Incorporate source control for pollutant load reduction where it limits B-IBI.
- Build from existing efforts, incorporating flexibility.
- Protection is vitally important and may be a more prudent consideration than restoration (the Department of Ecology Watershed Characterization may be a valuable tool to indicate where restoration and protection are most applicable).
- Washington Department of Commerce's 'Building Cities in the Rain' guidance on stormwater transfer control programs may be useful to NTA owners.
- Planning efforts could incorporate source control for pollutant load reduction where it limits B-IBI.
- While toxics are not intended to be the primary focus of these planning efforts, there may be instances where toxics could be integrated into planning efforts. B-IBI addresses streams rated 'excellent', 'fair' and 'good', Toxics in Fish priority approaches could be employed in ‘poor’ basins or 'poor' areas of basins.
Local Context - Local context provides additional specificity on how a Regional Priority approach should be implemented in each local area; examples include sequencing, partners to consider, and critical areas. Local context for this Regional Priority approach is available here.
Regional Priority Approach Near Term Actions Map
No Puget Sound Recovery Progress Measures set for this Regional Priority Approach.