The River Conservation Planning (RCP) process is a relatively uniform approach identified by DCNR and adopted by most of the organizations leading development of RCPs. There are several key elements:
A. Determine Initial Interest
Public Meeting (Informational);
- Inform public about the study.
- Determine interest for study.
- Gather information on problems, local issues and concerns.
- Get suggestions on things to be done.
- Receive offers to help with study.
Organize Steering Committee (Advisory Council).
Develop a Scope of Work;
Prepare a Time-Line.
B. Collect and Analyze Resource Data:
Determine the physical, natural and cultural resources relating to surface water.
Ascertain the status of resource information;
- Which is available.
- Which must be gathered by;
- Donated professional services.
- In-kind services.
As they relate to issues, concerns or problems.
In light of present and future conditions.
C. Prepare Draft River Conservation Plan
- Brief history of planning activities.
- The Steering Committee; and the roles played.
- Processes used to gather and evaluate resource data.
A map of the planning area.
Zoning and land use patterns.
An inventory of resources gathered.
An analysis of the appropriate resources
Listing of issues, concerns, opportunities and threats to river values.
Management options (issues, opportunities and concerns solution);
- Consider options that promote resource awareness and stewardship.
- A catalogue of implementation, acquisition and development actions.
- Proposed time frame for implementation/development.
- Proposed lead agency or contact person to undertake activity.
Other appropriate information.
Public Meeting (Workshop);
30 day period for review and comment.
D. Prepare Final River Conservation Plan:
The Final Plan shall include;
- Record of Public Meeting on Draft Plan.
- Settlement of substantive comments received on Draft Plan.
- Resolutions of support for the Final Plan from municipalities.
Public Hearing / Meeting;
Present and explain the Plan features.