Goals and Objectives

The Vision and Mission of the Brush Creek Coordinating Committee for the Brush Creek Watershed are visible on every page of this website.  The following details the goals and objectives for pursuing the mission and realizing the vision.

THEME: ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING, cialis sales online DESIGN, sildenafil viagra AND CONSTRUCTION

Manage flood risk along Brush Creek and its tributaries.
Identify existing flood risks within the Brush Creek watershed.
Evaluate and improve existing flood warning systems where appropriate.
Manage flood risk through balanced combinations of structural and non-structural approaches.
Develop and implement effective land use planning tools (i.e. green solutions, buffer zones, buyouts) focused on flood risk management.
Adopt “No Adverse Impact” strategies for flood mitigation projects and development projects.

Goal:  Preserve, enhance and restore riparian and aquatic ecosystems.
Objectives:

Conduct riparian and aquatic ecosystem inventory throughout watershed.
Establish streamway corridors to promote ecosystem connectivity.
Undertake stream restoration activities (i.e. restore stream banks, improve aquatic habitat, increase biodiversity/bioabundance) in selected reaches of Brush Creek and its tributaries.
Implement lowland, hardwood restoration plan for vacant/parks/land trust parcels in riparian zone.
Improve riparian habitat (i.e. establish native vegetation, increase biodiversity/bioabundance) along selected reaches of Brush Creek and its tributaries.
Develop and implement a comprehensive ecosystem monitoring program.

Goal:  Improve water quality within Brush Creek and its tributaries.
Objectives:

Complete an accurate and comprehensive assessment of water quality issues within the Brush Creek watershed.
Identify current water quality standards for Brush Creek for various entities and identify differences.
Seek commitments from public and private entities to utilize best management practices where feasible.
Identify and secure public and private funding sources for water quality-related projects.
Develop and implement a comprehensive water quality monitoring program.
Utilize green solutions to reduce/improve nutrient, fecal coliform, sediment loadings and other biological/chemical factors where feasible.
Develop and implement incentive programs and policies for communities to demonstrate proactive water quality management.
Develop and utilize water quality models for land use planning within the watershed.
Identify sources of pollution/loadings and manage where feasible.
Improve erosion and sedimentation controls where feasible.

Goal:  Promote and enhance recreational opportunities.
Objectives:

Create greenways and trails connected with the stream corridor and other recreational areas and opportunities.
Promote organized recreational and stewardship activities.
Obtain land for recreational opportunities.

Goal:  Coordinate, integrate and balance flood management activities, water quality improvement strategies, recreational improvements and ecological restoration activities.
Objectives:

Create/empower watershed protection oversight body.
Develop policies that support sustainable neighborhood and economic development and redevelopment throughout watershed.

THEME:  ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION

Goal:  Develop a comprehensive public education, advocacy and outreach program to increase public awareness about, understanding of, and involvement in protecting and enhancing our natural and built environment.
Objectives:

Increase awareness and appreciation of natural resource conservation and water quality through public surveys, educational programs, watershed signage.
Create web-based GIS mapping service and website.
Create interactive, educational opportunities for the community that promote good stewardship ethic, connect citizens to the water resource, encourage participation in recreational activities, and develop neighborhood and community pride.
Develop focused advocacy program to build support for watershed approach from public officials and the private community.

THEME:  INTEGRATED, COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT

Goal:  Create opportunities for all communities and special interests in the watershed to contribute and collaborate on watershed management.
Objectives:

Develop a process to allow community viewpoints to contribute to policy development and implementation.
Create programs and incentives for public/private partnerships.

Goal:  Create and implement a management process that balances social, economic and environmental interests.
Objectives:

Respect, communicate with, and involve residents and businesses during project planning and implementation.
Generate economic development, reinvestment and new investment opportunities throughout the watershed.
Support rehabilitation of damaged or blighted neighborhoods.
Create economic development policy that catalyzes sustainable economic development through green jobs programs, incentives for green businesses and other green policies and incentives.
Provide natural resource protection throughout the watershed.

Goal:  Establish and implement an organizational framework for watershed management.
Objectives:

Establish organization structure including representatives from diverse interests and city departments.
Develop charter or Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU).
Identify/create sustainable funding mechanism to support multi-jurisdictional watershed planning and management.
Coordinate efforts with other agencies and stakeholders in planning, design, development, and implementation of projects.
Provide for watershed maintenance (ownership/easement, access, resources, staff, equipment, etc.).
Create and empower a cooperative, effective, multi-jurisdictional organizational framework to manage policies development and implementation within the watershed.

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