There is still a gap between the resources available and the factors that influence ecosystem health and the resilience of natural systems to stress. The key factors identified for watershed management were development and intensive agriculture. The agriculture sector is a high energy consumer for example, in the United States, agricultural products account for about 50% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Rainfed agriculture includes sustainable management of natural systems.
Integrating the “rainfed” and “land-management” to establish holistic water management strategies for watershed management could ensure that watershed management is effective and efficient. Planning integrated watershed management takes into account the specific mechanisms that define the relationship between land and water, and other ecological factors, like the way rain is fed into the watershed and to the land. Rainfed agriculture could take a more central role in the planning process.
In many parts of the United States, agricultural land covers a large part of the watershed. The impacts of land development and management on the watershed increase gradually as land gets farmed further, or in response to increased development.
Maintaining that watershed management system is also vital to restoring natural systems, including intact natural and natural wetland systems, in the future. Integrated watershed management is an approach that could provide solutions to meeting conservation objectives in a variety of watersheds. As the community starts to implement environmental legislation and management plans, better opportunities for improving water quality and reducing carbon, and other environmental threats, will come about. According to the Natural Resource Management Institute (NRAMI), integrated watershed management is the single most important factor in overall land and water conservation.
In a positive, growing trend, the waters of Lake Pontchartrain are back on the conservation agenda, and together, the community will work together to preserve the watersheds of Lake Pontchartrain. And, in the process, the community, business, government and educational institutions will have developed an environment that supports business, tourism, business, educational opportunities, and opportunities for the education and training of employees.
High-quality, affordable homes, quality businesses, and other necessary businesses can flourish with healthy, watershed-based, natural systems. And, that benefits everyone, because healthy ecosystems and natural systems are one of the most valuable assets of a sustainable and prosperous future.
What are watershed management and its type?
Are natural systems stormwater management and its type?
When is watershed management induced?
When is watershed management natural?
Are there benefits to managing stormwater in this way?
How does stormwater management affect the resource management and agricultural sectors?
Stormwater management has a direct impact on agricultural land because the land has a lot of stormwater on it. The crops in a system of agriculture, a natural ecosystem, have their root systems in the top layer of soil and the soil is the watershed. The soil doesn’t hold nutrients; it does not absorb pollutants or fertilizers. These pollutants eventually reach the water table and then water is discharged directly into the watershed as water with nutrients, which eventually end up in the food system. For rainfed agriculture, the land doesn’t hold water and the stormwater does not help the crops. The water that is left in the rainfed agricultural fields is used to irrigate the land so the land is no longer a sponge for nutrients. With the erosion and the contamination of natural water resources and soil quality, the runoff ends up in the watershed, where it is to be managed.