Partnerships Strengthen Watershed Management

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by Kristine A. Stuart, USDA Soil Conservation Service, Warwick, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93

Abstract: In reaching across political and institutional boundaries to manage nonpoint source (nps) programs, agencies are recognizing the need for strong communication, coordination and planning. Experience with the Pawcatuck River Watershed Hydrologic Unit Area in Southwestern Rhode Island demonstrates the benefits of forming local partnerships. The local Steering Committee includes a mix of interests; action takes place at the subcommittee level. Organizations and individuals are benefitting from open communications and the synergistic effects of working together. Program managers need to accept the time and funding needed for coordination as a necessary part of the process, and find ways to account for the intangible benefits that result from improved working relationships.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Nonpoint pollution | Hydrology | Islands | Political factors | Domain boundary | Federal government | Rivers and streams | North America | United States | Rhode Island

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