The water trail provides opportunities for communities to develop and implement strategies that enhance and restore the health of the local waterways and surrounding lands.
Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to filter water, reduce flash-flooding, prevent sewer overflows, and create healthier urban environments.
Water quality monitoring, cleanups, invasive plant monitoring and removal.
Methods of protecting land may include acquisition, conservation easements, local ordinances for riparian protection, zoning changes, and other legal acts.
Ecological restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem's health, integrity and sustainability. Often the ecosystem has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed as a result of human activities and cannot recover its predisturbance state or its historic developmental trajectory.
Planning documents specifically focused on conservation. Also listed in the planning section of the toolbox.