Question
Fri September 04, 2009 By: Manik Goel

what is watershed management and what are its advantages?

Expert Reply
Tue September 08, 2009

Watershed management refers to the process of creating and implementing plans, programs, and projects to sustain and enhance watershed functions that affect the plant, animal, and human communities within a watershed boundary. The main purpose of watershed management is to protect, maintain, and restore water quality in our watersheds, through integrated and holistic efforts.

 

Advantages:

i) Ecological imbalance can be avoided.

ii) Harmful impacts on the system can be identified quickly so that prevention, remediation or improvements can be carried out right away.

iii) It can prevent future community water shortages and poor water quality

iv) It increases the production and income of the watershed community.

v) It mitigates droughts and floods.

vi) It increases the life of the downstream dam and reservoirs.

vii) Helps in recharging groundwater levels.

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