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

Status and Trends in Water Quality and Nutrient Loading

To assess the effectiveness of reduction strategies, the current level of nutrient loads and impacts must be documented for comparison. Historical conditions may be used as a target, so they should also be documented to the extent possible. Estimating the historical trends provides insight into the current trajectory of nutrient loadings to waterbodies.