Watershed Management Plans

Goal of Watershed Planning

The goal of watershed planning is to protect, enhance, restore and maintain water quality in order to meet all designated uses and to inspire residents to responsibly mange the land and water in a watershed.  US EPA suggests that “Watershed planning and implementation is a process that includes building partnerships, characterizing the watershed, setting goals and identifying solutions, designing an implementation program, implementing the watershed plan and measuring progress and making adjustments”.

Original 2006 Watershed Management Plans

The primary purpose of the original watershed management planning process was to identify implementation actions needed to protect and restore designated uses and resolve water quality and quantity concerns. Setting both long-term goals and short-term objectives was a major part of that process. Once the goals and objectives were established, actions were then identified to achieve those goals and objectives.

In all, 10 long-term goals, 55 specific objectives and 188 action items were identified in the original 2006 Red Cedar River Management Plan (PDF) and the 2006 Looking Glass River Management Plan (PDF). These goals, objectives and action items were the focus of much of the City and the GLRC's efforts during the 2003 to 2015 permitting cycles.

2015 Updated Red Cedar River Watershed Management Plan

In 2011, MDEQ provided funding from the Clean Water Act Section 319 Grant to Michigan State University to develop the updated Red Cedar River Watershed Management Plan (PDF). The 319 requirements address surface waters that exceed water quality standards and as such are defined as impaired water bodies by the State of Michigan.  Development of a 319 Watershed Management Plan for the Red Cedar River makes the watershed eligible for certain federal and state funds for addressing those impairments.  The final plan was reviewed and amended June 25, 2015.