Developing a Successful Watershed Project: Lessons from the Oostanaula Creek Watershed Restoration Project
Walker, F. R., S. A. Hawkins, L. Carmichael, and S. Lindsey.  2010.  Proceedings of the 20th Tennessee Water Resources Symposium.

In recent years funding priority has been given to watershed projects that demonstrate effective broad based partnerships. The Oostanaula Creek (HUC TN06020002083) is an urbanizing agricultural watershed in eastern Tennessee, typical of the Ridge-and-Valley region occupying much of the eastern United. The issues facing this watershed are common throughout the ridge and valley region (urbanization, water quality degradation, etc.). Since 2006 a watershed partnership has been working to cooperatively address both agricultural and urban components of the restoration plan. Partners include the City of Athens, Athens Utility Board, McMinn County, Monroe County, McMinn County Soil and Water Conservation District, Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, University of Tennessee Extension, Tennessee Valley Authority, Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program. The partnership has been successful in developing a watershed restoration plan that was approved by the state in 2007. During 2008, partnership members reached out to local decision makers in McMinn and Meigs Counties, inviting them to join forces by co-hosting a Growth Readiness Workshop Series. A final report on the Growth Readiness workshops and recommendation on model ordinances was shared with local decision makers and planning commission members in early 2009. In 2009 the partnership was successful in attracting funding from several sources to implement parts of the restoration plan, develop demonstration sites throughout the watershed and use the best available science to identify sources of water quality degradation in the watershed and to encourage agricultural producers and other stakeholders.