Decision Elements

Stakeholder Awareness, Outreach and Education

Watershed Characterization

Status and Trends in Water Quality and Nutrient Loading

Regulations, Policies, and Management Programs

Quantitative Reduction Targets

Analytical Tools

Management Practices

Monitoring Networks

Funding and Economic Incentives

Communication

Stakeholder Awareness, Outreach and Education

Involving and engaging stakeholders early in the process is critical. Early involvement of stakeholders provides transparency of the process, allows time for trust to develop, permits incorporating local knowledge, and allows for effective management of misperceptions and expectations. Early involvement of stakeholders helps gain buy-in and cooperation from stakeholders and increases the likelihood of moving toward sustainable solutions.

An inclusive approach is critical, engaging stakeholders of different race, culture, and gender. This provides a microcosm of the perspectives within the watershed, provides greater insight into stakeholder awareness of nutrient issues and expectations for nutrient reductions, and reduces the potential for controversy because a perspective or group was overlooked.