Indian Howards Crk Lwp Kickoff Mtg Hcb,17mar08

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  • 1. Indian & Howards Creek Local Watershed Plan
    • Stakeholder “Kickoff” Meeting (18march’08)
      • Welcome & Introductions
      • Overview of EEP Local Watershed Planning (LWP)
      • EEP Project Implementation; Example Projects
      • DWQ Existing Monitoring Data Review
        • Break
      • Stakeholder Group – Goals/Objectives
      • Watershed Issues (Part I)
      • Meeting Particulars
      • Questions? Next Meeting Time/Place; Adjournment
  • 2. Group “Charter”
    • Stakeholder GOALs
      • What do YOU want to get out of this process?
      • Short-term (next ~18 months) goals; group ‘functions’
      • Probably premature to develop longer range goals (>2 yrs) and group Mission Statement – wait at least until Phase I complete…
      • Need first to better define and prioritize watershed problems/stressors
    • Name of the Stakeholder Group
      • Local Advisory Team (LAT); Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)?
    • Chairperson…?
      • Typically, not designated until later in the Planning process (Phase IV: implementation of Final Plan recommendations)
  • 3. Stakeholder Roles/Objectives
    • Typically, these include
      • Hear watershed study results & recommendations from EEP
      • Help identify local watershed issues and priorities
      • Help EEP to identify a good demonstration project
      • Help identify priority sub-watersheds
      • Provide input (comments & recommendations) to LWP products/documents
        • Project Atlas
        • Watershed Management Plan
  • 4. Stakeholder Roles/Objectives (cont’d.)
      • Help EEP identify & rank the best project sites w/ willing landowners
      • Act as ‘bridge’ to local landowners
      • Phase IV: Use final Project Atlas and Watershed Management Plan to help leverage funding for local projects that are not EEP-fundable
        • Restoration & Preservation projects that don’t meet EEP criteria/needs
        • Stand-alone storm water BMPs
        • Watershed education initiatives
  • 5. Other Stakeholder Objectives?
    • Short-term (next 12 to 18 months)
      • Presentation topics at future meetings?
      • Invite others (e.g., interested landowners) to meetings?
      • Public meeting(s) – e.g., present findings/recommendations to local officials?
      • Specific local watershed initiatives/plans (e.g., greenways, storm water planning) you want to see supported by this process? Grant funding opportunities…?
  • 6. Habitat & WQ Improvement Mitigate Future DOT Impacts *Community Priorities* The best projects EEP Local Watershed Planning GOAL
  • 7. Our Bottom Line
    • We need your help in defining these local community priorities…
        • ‘ Diagnosing’ Key Watershed Problems
        • Identifying Effective Solutions (‘Rx’)
          • - EEP Projects (mitigation)
          • - Non-EEP Projects (non-mitigation)
          • - Other solutions (’prescriptions’)
            • E.g., institutional measures - land use recommendations, new or revised local codes/ordinances related to watershed protection, watershed education programs, etc.
  • 8. Local Priorities (Post-It Notes, Part I)
    • What do you see as the most important local watershed issues affecting the LWP Study Area?
    ~ 34 mi 2 75 mi 2 ~ 5 mi 2
  • 9. Priority Watershed Issues ( Part I)
    • What are the major watershed problems (things that need ‘fixing’)?
      • Localized ‘hot spots’
      • Watershed-wide
      • Collapsing stream banks; degraded riparian buffer zones; cattle/livestock access; storm water drainage/flooding issues; incised channels; ditched wetlands; serious erosion/sedimentation; straight-piping problems; etc.
    • What & where are current watershed assets (e.g., headwater or riparian parcels worthy of protection)?
    • What are local barriers/constraints to restoring or protecting watershed resources?
  • 10. Organize the Key Watershed Issues (Post-It Notes exercise: Part II)
    • Next Meeting?
      • Group (sort & classify) the watershed issues
        • E.g., watershed-wide vs. specific sub-HUs
      • Then prioritize (place in rank order)
        • Most urgent vs. ‘secondary’
  • 11. Sorting Watershed Issues
    • 1 - Organize by Resource Functions
      • Water Quality; Habitat; Hydrology
      • Recreation/Resource Use
      • Preservation/Conservation
    • 2 – By Stressor/Source
    • 3 - By Jurisdiction (Counties; Towns/Cities) and/or Agency/Group (WRC; Land Trust; SWCD/NRCS; COG)
    • 4 - By Geographic Area (in specific sub-watersheds vs. watershed-wide)
  • 12. Meeting Particulars
    • Meeting Summaries, Action Items – to be sent out within 2 weeks after each meeting
    • Meeting Agendas – 1 to 2 weeks in advance; input welcome
    • Meeting Frequency - dates/times and location(s)
      • What days/times work best?
      • Is this facility convenient for folks, and consistently available?
  • 13.
    • QUESTIONS/COMMENTS?
    • Next Meeting Time/Location?
      • June : present Preliminary Findings & Recommendations (Phase I)
    • THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION…
  • 14. NC EEP Contacts
    • Mike Herrmann, Central Watershed Planner
      • (919) 715-5458 [email_address]
    • Hal Bryson, Western Watershed Planner
      • (828) 268-2919 [email_address]
    • Paul Wiesner, Project Implementation
      • (828) 273-1673 [email_address]
    • Ecosystem Enhancement Program website
      • http://www.nceep.net/