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Summary of Watershed Characterization and Analysis Project for Clark County

Publication number Date Published
09-06-003January 2009
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Author(s) Neil Aaland
Description Ecology has been developed a "watershed characterization" tool. Watershed characterization is a method for assessing and understanding watershed processes at a broad scale. It allows communities to identify and prioritize areas within specific watersheds where aquatic resources can still be successfully restored or protected. To develop the tool, Ecology conducted watershed characterization pilot projects, some of which have been conducted in Clark, Jefferson, and Whatcom counties. Ecology wanted to know how useful these watershed characterizations are in providing information that can help improve environmental mitigation.

This report was commissioned to interview recent participants in the pilot characterizations, evaluate the recent characterizations, and make recommendations to Ecology on the value of characterizations and any changes needed. There was nearly unanimous agreement that watershed characterizations are useful and Ecology should continue to develop the tool, and to support local governments as they conduct characterizations.
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Keywords aquatic resources, watershed characterization, Whatcom County, local government, Jefferson County, Clark County, planning, sma, wetland, shoreline management, Shoreline Master Program, smp, mitigation
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Watershed Characterization and Analysis of Clark County