Economic Benefits of Healthy Watersheds

Economic Benefits Factsheet

EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative is intended to protect the Nation’s remaining healthy watersheds, prevent them from becoming impaired, and accelerate restoration successes.

The objective of the federal Clean Water Act is to “restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters.” The Healthy Watersheds Initiative includes both assessment and management approaches that encourage states, local governments, watershed organizations, and others to take a strategic, systems approach to conserve healthy components of watersheds, and, therefore, avoid additional water quality impairments in the future.

Getting in Step , a tool for watershed outreach.

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