Voluntary Watershed Plan
This voluntary watershed plan for the Kings River Watershed is a living, breathing document. It is not a static document intended to sit gathering dust on a shelf. It outlines actions that property owners and stakeholders in the watershed can take to address perceived problems. The plan will evolve and change as the vision and interests of concerned citizens change over time.
About the Plan
- A series of open public meetings were held in 2003, 2004, and 2005 in Carroll and Madison Counties, on issues impacting the Kings River included presentations on topics such as land development, municipal wastewater treatment, land application of nutrients, stream bank erosion, property rights, water quality testing, septic tanks, and urban impacts. Discussions on these issues generated a wide-ranging list of property owners’ concerns.
Water quality concerns
evolved into the beginnings of the process to create a voluntary watershed plan that would give voice to residents determined to maintain local control over streams and develop specific actions to address perceived problems. A grant in July of 2004 from the Upper White River Basin Foundation, a non-profit group from across the state line in Missouri, funded a two-year watershed planner position, filled by watershed resident, Shawna Miller. Her task, at the direction of the KRWP board, was to create a voluntary watershed plan.
The Kings Roundtable
, a series of 15 planning meetings involving over 60 watershed stakeholders during 2005, determined the water quality concerns, recommended restoration action strategies, and identified educational curriculum, monitoring programs, and voluntary land use management measures for the plan.
This voluntary watershed plan
, completed in Fall 2006, will be used by KRWP to direct and prioritize its activities to improve water quality in the most economically efficient and environmentally effective way possible.