The Upper Neuse Watershed Management Plan
The UNRBA has created a comprehensive, integrated watershed management plan for the Upper Neuse River Basin. The plan was developed in partnership with the state Division of Water Quality and accepted by the UNRBA Board of Directors in 2003. It aims to support, coordinate, and build upon local and state government water resource management efforts.
The Plan includes:
- an assessment of water quality and related water quantity management in the Upper Neuse River Basin;
- a description of the goals and objectives for protection and improvement of water quality and related water quantity management in the basin; and,
- a workplan that describes proposed water quality protection strategies, including point and nonpoint source programs, for achieving the specified goals and objectives
UNRBA is conducting Implementation Planning to guide next steps for the Watershed Management Plan. UNRBA is currently developing several components:
- recommendation sheets, which detail how a given watershed management strategy might be implemented, locally or regionally
- templates for Local Management Strategy Reviews, which are being used to assess progress on Plan implementation
- maps of Focus Areas, or areas of the basin where strategies are most important
- a "gap analysis" (technical memorandum) highlighting areas of the basin where strategies are needed but not currently implemented.