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What is the Watershed Resources Registry?

A comprehensive mapping tool & replicable framework that:

  • Integrates regulatory and non-regulatory programs
  • Guides resource planners
  • Conserves program resources
  • Highlights for multiple environmental benefits
  • Maximizes watershed benefits
  • Is transparent and predictable

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its partners in Maryland recognize the importance of aquatic resources for protecting the quality of waters, sustaining their aquatic life use and for providing ecosystem services.  With that recognition, EPA Region III, Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland’s Department of the Environment, Department of Natural Resources, State Highway Administration, Federal Highway Administration, and Charles and Prince Georges’ Counties are working in partnership to construct a Watershed Resources Registry.  A targeted pilot WRR was first developed in Maryland for Prince George’s and Charles Counties, it is now statewide and there is the potential for national transferability.

The objective of the Registry is to map natural resource areas that are a priority for preservation and to identify sites best-suited for ecosystem preservation and restoration.  A major effort of the WRR process is a set of suitability analyses developed with sound science and the best professional judgment of regional experts, which will be used as a screening tool to target opportunity sites for the protection of high quality resources, restoration of impaired resources, and improvement of water resources.  The analyses will specifically identify for: Upland Preservation, Upland Restoration, Wetland Preservation, Wetland Restoration, Riparian Preservation, Riparian Restoration, Natural Stormwater Infrastructure Preservation and Compromised Stormwater Infrastructure Restoration.  By having both regulatory and non-regulatory agencies base decisions from a WRR, integration and the use of the watershed approach will become implicit and “stovepipe” processes in decision making will become obsolete.  The results will streamline the regulatory and non-regulatory processes and ensure maximum environmental results.  

For more information or to contact a WRR representative please visit the Contact Us section.

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