Much of this Guide contains text-book descriptions of different planning techniques or legislation. But that level of discussion can be technical and in the end you need to know how it all fits together.
This page provides some basic resources to help give context.
First, we have a glossary to help you understand some of the more technical terms used on this site.
Second, there is a page on Land Use Designations – tools that provide for legal recognition of non-commercial interests in respect of a particular property.
Third, case studies are useful to allow you to see how different tools and strategies might be used together to try to protect a watershed. Although the specifics of case studies used on this site are fictional, they tell how a community group faced with a particular type of problem might analyze the situation, develop a strategy and use the available tools to try to protect their watershed.
At this point the site only has a single case study – Subdivision Threatens Wetland|. In this case study, a private developer intends to fill in a wetland in order to build and sell a series of housing units. A local environmental organization decides to protect the wetland. We would love to know whether this Case Study helps you may come up with ideas about how you can protect your own watershed. Let us know whether you think this is a useful tool and whether we should develop further case studies dealing with other situations.
Other case studies are under development and will be posted as they are completed.
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