Iroquois River Watershed Restoration Action Strategy

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The Clean Water Action Plan states that “States and tribes should work with public agencies and private-sector organizations and citizens to develop, based on the initial schedule for the first two years, Watershed Restoration Action Strategies, for watersheds most in need of restoration.” A WRAS is essentially a large-scale coordination plan for an eight-digit hydrologic unit watershed targeted by the Unified Watershed Assessment. In Indiana, 11 such units, including the Iroquois River watershed, were designated for restoration by the FFY 1999 Unified Watershed Assessment. Each year, the Assessment will be refined further as additional information becomes available, and targeted areas will become more specific. This will require amendments to the WRAS, which must be flexible and broad enough to accommodate change. The WRAS will also foster greater cooperation among State and Federal agencies, which should result in more effective use of personnel and resources.

The WRAS provides an opportunity to assemble, in one place, projects and monitoring that has been completed or is on going within a watershed. It also allows agencies and stakeholders to compare watershed goals and provides a guide for future work within a watershed.

The WRAS for the Iroquois River watershed contains two parts. Part I provides a characterization of water quality in the watershed and agency responsibilities. Part II provides a discussion of resource concerns and recommended strategies.

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