Watershed Concept  Process  Sub-basin Evaluation
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1)  Define Watershed Wide Stakeholders 
2)  Define Watershed Wide Objectives 
3)  Define Critical Elements (watershed integrity) 
4)  Identify Information Needed to Define Critical Elements 
5)  Map Critical Elements & Construct Critical Element Framework 
6)  Translate Critical Element Framework & Planning Objectives to Sub-basin Scale 

Atlanta Regional Commission
City of Atlanta
Fulton County
Cobb County
Forsyth County
Gwinnett County
Dekalb County
Douglas County
Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Resource Conservation Service
USDA Forest Service
National Park Service
Army Corps of Engineers
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Georgia Environmental Organization
Georgia State Natural Resource Agency
Georgia State Tourism Department
State Parks of Georgia
Neighborhood Associations
Recreational User Groups
Historic Society/Associations
Trust for Public Lands
University of Georgia
Environmental Organizations
Business Community (local Chambers)
Private Sector Partners
Sub-basin monitoring groups

Meet with stakeholders to define key planning objectives common to entire watershed. This process would allow for definition of key objectives (i.e. recharge areas, critical habitat, point source pollution, etc.). List of "Navigator Crew" responsibilities would include: 

1)  Finalizing the Planning Process (Watershed wide) 
2)  Evaluating Key Stakeholder Participants (the Navigator Crew) 
3)  Defining Goals and Objectives for watershed-wide  
     framework plan 
4)  Guide public input process 
5)  Define Critical Elements & Critical Element Framework 
6)  Facilitate Sub-basin Planning efforts and supervise critical 
     element translation to next scale of planning and design (when 
     concurrent with their agency/jurisdiction - i.e. City of Atlanta, 
     Fulton County and Cobb County to supervise Riverway 
A set of broad / flexible water resource objectives are defined at the watershed scale. These objectives may include: enhanced water quality, improved water supply, erosion and sediment control, stormwater detention, floodplain management. This set of objectives begins to define the information requirements for the watershed. 
Watershed Scale: 
- Define watershed 
- Wide objectives 
Data Base to Address Watershed Planning Objectives 
Define Elements that are Critical to ensuring the long-term water resource value of the entire watershed.
As a strategy to maintain and improve watershed resource integrity, the critical elements are linked together into a system of reserves and corridors.
* Spatial identification of critical elements (vegetation types, habitat, wetlands, surface hydrology, etc. and combine to form the Critical element framework. 
* Development of management objectives for critical element areas, i.e. protect / enhance wetlands, reduce pollution from point source, etc. 
* Develop indices to monitor the condition over-time of the critical element framework. 


Watershed Concept  Process  Sub-basin Evaluation
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1997 Landscape Architecture Foundation Demonstration Project 
Sponsored by Urban Resources Partnership 
Last updated on 13 February 1998