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A key to achieving long-lasting benefits in a watershed is the ability to pull together coalitions and councils working toward common aims in developing and implementing effective strategies. The Corps' major subordinate commands (MSCs) and districts can play a critical role in bringing these coalitions together to foster ways to create shared visions and to achieve mutual goals involving watershed resources planning, development, protection, and management. In many other instances the Corps is an active participant in coalitions initiated and led by others.
Ecosystem Planning and Management Issues Case Studies
The watershed perspective acknowledges that the Corps is a major stakeholder in many of the Nation's watersheds, and, in its roles, the Corps often represents many other stakeholder interests. The watershed perspective emphasizes consideration of the regional dimensions of "locally perceived problems" in studies and in the operation of existing projects. Modifying project operations may offer the opportunity for more integrated water resources management approaches. The watershed perspective applies to all Civil Works programs and functions, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, and regulatory activities. It facilitates integration of the eight Civil Works business programs in the identification and development of new Corps initiatives. The Corps' application of the watershed perspective in conjunction with other agencies and partners will help assure water resources sustainability, and will improve performance, customer satisfaction, and overall program efficiency and effectiveness.
Some examples of successful on-the-ground watershed partnerships are:
Numerous Civil Works watershed and comprehensive study opportunities are emerging that hold promise for addressing these challenges in the application of integrated watershed resources management. Several examples are provided below. Experiences with these and others will help improve Corps abilities to address the challenges of integrated watershed management. The collaborative multi-agency, multi-government partnerships fostered by these efforts will also be valuable in developing individual projects and activities to address specific challenges and opportunities in the watersheds.