A New Approach to Watershed Planning

by Donna M. Simmons, Washington State Ecological, Commission, Hoodsport, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Public and government concern over possible degradation of water quality and natural resources in the Hood Canal estuary has led to the creation of a unique intergovernment body, the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (the Council). The Council is charged with preparing and implementing a comprehensive management plan for environmental resource protection and enhancement in the region. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of the Council in the management of natural resources in the Hood Canal watershed. Included is a discussion of the Council's history, mission, structure, funding and progress. Another purpose is to discuss the possible implications for coastal resource management in other areas.

Subject Headings: Watersheds | Water quality | Coastal management | Resource management | Estuaries | Canals | Public opinions | Government | Washington | United States

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