Using the U.S. EPA Handbook for Watershed Planning and Beyond

Lorman Education Services


Thursday, November 9, 2017
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST

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Gain an understanding of the watershed planning process, new tools, and design practices.


This topic will provide an overview of the watershed planning approach in accordance with the U.S. EPA’s Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters being used by agencies, watershed groups, conservation groups, and municipalities. Watershed planning process includes protecting and restoring rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, and coastal waters and can encompass agricultural, urban, and mixed land use. Strategies for watershed planning and implementation have evolved since the U.S. EPA Handbook was released in 2008, to include enhancement in geospatial and modeling tools for planning, assessment, implementation, and measuring progress. Watershed planning is used in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) process, transportation agencies, natural resources agencies, agricultural agencies, wastewater and drinking water utilities, and others involved in managing the use of surface waters. If you want to gain knowledge of the watershed planning process, new tools and approaches to planning and implementation, lessons learned from sustainable design practices, how to track progress, and funding resources available for watershed management, then this information is for you.

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Daniel J. Boudreau

Daniel J. Boudreau Jr., GISP • Geospatial Systems leader at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. • Extensive experience in all aspects of geospatial technology and brings more than 30 years of combined CAD and GIS experience • Provided advisory services to the Geographic Information Systems Certification Institute (GISCI) on testing requirements • Can be reached at ... Read More

Lindsay Birt

Lindsay Birt, Ph.D. • Assistant project manager for GZA, GeoEnvironmental, Inc., a national water resources, geotechnical, environmental engineering, ecology, and construction management consulting firm • Researched more than 40 watershed management groups across the United States, with more than 10 years of experience in water quality monitoring, watershed planning, management, assessment ... Read More

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