Clean Water Legacy Act Effectiveness Tracking and Reporting Project

Project Staff

Principal Investigator: Faye Sleeper, WRC Co-Director

Research Associate: Stephanie Grayzeck

Research Assistant: Shannon Wing

Funding

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Project Duration

October 2007 – October 2008

Summary

The goal of this project is to develop a framework and metrics for tracking and reporting the effectiveness of impaired waters activities under the Clean Water Legacy Act. The framework must include measures for all aspects of the process, including monitoring and assessment, Total Maximum Daily Load Studies and both point source and nonpoint source implementation activities. Representatives of the state agencies, several federal agencies and local governments convened to review the current data collected by agencies, to develop a framework and measures and to finalize a framework that would address the needs of all agencies and partners.

The Clean Water Legacy Effectiveness Tracking Framework is a matrix that documents measure within four major categories Partnerships/Leveraging, Environmental Indicators, Social Indicators, and Organizational Performance, at various natural and political scales, including state, major watersheds (8-digit hydrologic unit codes) and local units of government such as city or county.

Draft measures that were developed will be further refined by the state agencies in August and September 2008 and the framework with measures will be finalized in late Fall 2008. Continued development and implementation of this framework relies on commitment from state agencies, the Clean Water Council and other partners.