Restoration Plan

View the PDF of the Lake Helena Watershed Restoration Plan for 2016-2023

What is a watershed restoration plan (WRP)?

  • A WRP is a work plan that identifies priority water quality problems and management solutions that will help restore the landscape and improve water quality for a defined watershed.
  • Watershed plans are a means to resolve water quality problems that result mainly from non-point sources of pollution.


    The Lake Helena Watershed Restoration Plan provides a framework for our community to address the highest priority and most cost-effective actions to protect our water resources and everything that depends on them.

    Nine Elements of a Watershed Restoration Plan

    1.Identify and quantify causes and sources of the impairments (see Pollutants page)


    2. Estimate expected load reductions


    3. Identify Best Management Practices needed to achieve load reductions and all critical areas


    4. Estimate needed technical and financial resources


    5. Provide information, education, and public partnerships


    6. A schedule for implementing non-point source management measures


    7. Identify and describe interim measurable milestones for implementation


    8. Establish criteria to determine if load reductions and targets are being achieved


    9. Provide a monitoring component to evaluate effectiveness of the plan over time for the criteria in number 8


    Restoration Priorities: Lake Helena Watershed

    • Projects aimed at reducing sediment loads throughout the Lake Helena Watershed
    • Lower Tenmile Creek, below the water treatment plant
    • Prickly Pear Creek, from Lump Gulch to the mouth

    Restoration Goals: Lake Helena Watershed

    • Improve fish, aquatic, and wildlife habitat
    • Reduce nutrients and metals in association with sediment reduction projects