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Protecting Northern Michigan's ​Water Resources

Watershed Management Planning

A watershed management plan identifies problems and threats to water resources and develops a framework to address these issues within a specific watershed.

The primary purpose of a watershed management plan is to guide watershed coordinators, resource managers, policy makers, and community organizations to restore and protect the quality of lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands in a given watershed. The plan is intended to be a practical tool with specific recommendations on practices to improve and sustain water quality. These are also “living documents,” meaning that as conditions change over time in a watershed, the plan must be reexamined and revised to reflect goals that have been achieved or not met.

The Watershed Council has been a key party involved with the development of watershed management plans for all major watersheds as well as several sub-watersheds in our service area. 

Watershed Management Plans

2024 Mullett Lake, Lower Black/Cheboygan Rivers Watershed Management Plan
2022 Larks Lake Watershed Management Plan
2022 Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed Management Plan
2021 Coastal Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Plan
2018 Burt Lake Watershed Management Plan
2012 Lake Charlevoix Watershed Management Plan