What is the watershed planning and implementation process?

The watershed planning and implementation process restores watersheds by using a series of iterative steps to characterize existing conditions, identify and prioritize problems, define management objectives, develop protection or remediation strategies, and implement and adapt selected actions. Using a watershed approach to restore impaired waterbodies is beneficial because it addresses problems in a holistic manner (i.e., considering all parts of the watershed system such as biological, chemical, social and other components). The process is based on the watershed approach which is a flexible framework for managing water resource quality and quantity within specified drainage areas or watersheds. This approach includes the selection of management actions supported by sound science and stakeholder involvement in selecting the management strategies.

A watershed plan is the document that is created during the watershed planning process. It provides assessment and management information for a watershed, including analyses, actions, participants and resources related to developing and implementing the plan. The development of a watershed plan requires a certain level of technical expertise and the participation of a variety of people with diverse skills and knowledge. To learn more about watershed planning in Kentucky, reference the Watershed Planning Guidebook for Kentucky Communities.

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How does watershed planning relate to Hinkston Creek?

Sections of Hinkston Creek have been identified as impaired due to excessive amounts of nutrients, sediment, and bacteria. Scientists and resource managers are developing a watershed plan to guide the restoration and protection of Hinkston Creek. From a brief look at notable history in the area, to the water quality data used to assess the condition of Hinkston Creek, to the causes and sources of pollutants, this website provides a comprehensive look at the Hinkston Creek Watershed. This website will be updated through the foreseeable future as the watershed plan is implemented.

What are the next steps for Hinkston Creek?

Now that a plan has been developed for the Hinkston Creek Watershed, the next step in the process is to implement "best management practices," or BMPs, to help reduce pollution and restore or maintain water quality throughout the watershed. Learn more about the top five BMPs that have been suggested for the Hinkston Creek Watershed.

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Who do I contact to learn more or get involved with the Hinkston Creek Watershed Plan?

Barry Tonning
Tetra Tech
(859) 585-0370


Angie M. Wingfield, Program Coordinator
Kentucky Division of Conservation

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