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Watershed
Management
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• Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan
• Betsie River / Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan
• Definition of Watershed Management


Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan

The Crystal Lake Watershed is a valuable natural resource. Protecting the integrity of its high quality waters and unique environment is a worthy objective. Management of the Crystal Lake Watershed is important for three reasons: (1) to determine what we know about our Watershed from the past, (2) to plan to use our Watershed in an environmentally sustainable manner today, and (3) to implement projects to protect our Watershed for the future. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has recently formalized the process of developing watershed management plans. Watershed management is not a new undertaking for the Crystal Lake Watershed. Its importance was confirmed in the draft Benzie County Comprehensive Plan. Scientific studies of all the “ologies”, i.e. geology (soil), hydrology (water), ichthyology (fish), limnology (lakes), biology (plants and animals), etc., done over the past 160 years form a database for decision-making. Definitive reports of issues and resource plans already have been developed by citizen and governmental committees. The “Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan” has been, and will continue to be, a continually evolving entity, comprised of various pieces from informed stakeholders. Contributions to the Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan have been made by a number of stakeholders with presence or interest in the Watershed. These have included individual citizens; nonprofit organizations; local, state, and federal governments; and academic institutions.


Betsie River / Crystal Lake Watershed Management
Plan

Many organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Benzie Conservation District (BCD)
  • Crystal Lake & Watershed Association (CLWA)
  • Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA)
  • Green Lake Betsie River Association (GLBRA)
  • Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC)
  • Land Information Access Association (LIAA)
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)
  • Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG)
  • Many township governments
  • Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Manistee County governments

are involved in creating a combined Betsie River / Crystal Lake (BRCL) Watershed Management Plan (WMP). It will combine aspects of the Crystal Lake Watershed Management Plan (as covered above) and the Betsie River Watershed Management Plan (PDF document 106 pages, 7.7 mB).


Definition of Watershed Management (*)

Watershed Management is an iterative process of integrated decision-making regarding uses and modifications of lands and waters within a watershed. This process provides a chance for stakeholders to balance diverse goals and uses for environmental resources, and to consider how their cumulative actions may affect long-term sustainability of these resources. The Guiding Principles of the process are Partnerships, Geographic Focus, & Sound Management (strong science & data).

Human modifications of lands and waters directly alter delivery of water, sediments, and nutrients, and thus fundamentally alter aquatic systems. People have varying goals and values relative to uses of local land and water resources. Watershed management provides a framework for integrated decision-making, where we strive to: (1) assess the nature and status of the watershed ecosystem; (2) define short-term and long-term goals for the system; (3) determine objectives and actions needed to achieve selected goals; (4) assess both benefits and costs of each action; (5) implement desired actions; (6) evaluate the effects actions and progress toward goals; and (7) re-evaluate goals and objectives as part of an iterative process.

As a form of ecosystem management, watershed management encompasses the entire watershed, from uplands and headwaters, to floodplain wetlands and river channels. It focuses on the processing of energy and materials (water, sediments, nutrients, and toxics) downslope through this system. Of principal concern is the management of the basin’s water budget, that is the routing of precipitation through the pathways of evaporation, infiltration, and overland flow. This routing of groundwater and overland flow defines the delivery patterns to particular streams, lakes, and wetlands; and largely shapes the nature of these aquatic systems.

Watershed management requires use of the social, ecological, and economic sciences. Common goals for land and water resources must be developed among people of diverse social backgrounds and values. An understanding of the structure and function--historical and current--of the watershed system is required, so that the ecological effects of various alternative actions can be considered. The decision process also must weigh the economic benefits and costs of alternative actions, and blend current market dynamics with considerations of long-term sustainability of the ecosystem.

(*) The Michigan Watershed Homepage:
http://www.deq.state.mi.us/swq/watershd/wsm_def.htm


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