Title page for ETD etd-042199-181520

Type of Document Major Paper
Author Holst, David J.
URN etd-042199-181520
Title Statewide Watershed Protection and Local Implementation: A Comparison of Washington, Minnesota, and Oregon
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Urban Affairs and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Randolph, John Committee Chair
Richardson, Jesse J. Committee Member
Zahm, Diane L. Committee Member
  • oregon
  • washington
  • minnesota
  • statewide
  • watershed
Date of Defense 1999-04-06
Availability unrestricted

In 1991 EPA embraced the watershed protection approach for environmental

management. EPA defines watershed protection as “a strategy for effectively protecting and

restoring aquatic ecosystems and protecting human health.” To encourage statewide watershed

protection, EPA developed the “Statewide Watershed Protection Approach” document, which is

designed to aid states in developing their own watershed protection program. The watershed

protection approach is not a program or policy required by EPA, rather a flexible framework that

outlines the essential elements and components of a comprehensive statewide watershed

protection approach. It allows for varying conditions in a state, but attempts to ensure a

consistent general approach.

This paper describes the elements and components of EPA’s comprehensive statewide

watershed protection framework. It then analyzes Washington, Minnesota, and Oregon’s

statewide watershed protection programs, and examines how these state approaches reflect

EPA’s framework. In addition, the paper analyzes a case study in each of these states to explore

how these statewide watershed management approaches are implemented at the local level.

By analyzing states that have successfully implemented a statewide watershed protection

approach, this paper aims to identify the critical elements in a statewide watershed protection

approach, and identify the issues that are critical to successful local implementation.

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