Watershed-Based Plans (WBPs) 

Watershed-Based Plans (WBPs) enhance source water protection planning efforts by evaluating all anticipated potential nonpoint source impacts to source waters throughout an entire watershed. Through a variety of strategies (e.g., land protection, agricultural BMPs, septic system repairs, and improved riparian buffers) it is possible to efficiently reduce and/or prevent nonpoint source pollutants from running off lands and contaminating waterways and drinking water resources. These actions improve water quality and prevent increases in treatment costs for utilities and ultimately their customers. WBPs outline specific actions and strategies for water quality protections and improvements that will help to ensure sustainable and safe drinking water supplies for local communities. Additionally, approved WBPs are eligible for funding opportunities through the Section 319 program for nonpoint source reduction land improvement projects (e.g., septic system repairs, agricultural improvement projects, land protection).