Broadly conceived plans applicable to an area defined by an aquatic resource. Can be implemented at the county level:
- Small watershed protection districts.
- County lake protection and rehabilitation districts.
- Soil and water conservation districts.
At the municipal level:
- Zoning can help, but is limited to boundaries of zoning districts.
- Natural resource ordinances: floodplain regulations, coastal zone protection, sedimentation and erosion controls.
- Comprehensive plans can designate watershed areas and establish conservation overlay districts with detailed standards or conservation easements.
To maintain water quality; coordinate the various state and federal regulations governing water resources; to reestablish natural functions such as habitat, biodiversity and stormwater management.
Restricting time of use and development can be both politically and economically challenging.
- Multi-jurisdictional cooperation likely.
- Cooperation among multiple land owners likely.
- Extensive, time consuming research required.
Can be the basis for more comprehensive planning of larger landscapes. Can be used to leverage inter-municipal cooperation. Can be used to attract county and state resources.