Selecting watershed restoration strategies by using the analytical hierarchy process Public Deposited

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  • Bolte, Robin Jo Eddy
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • While the 1972 Clean Water Act and subsequent Federal judicial rulings indisputably demand TMDL development for assessed impaired waterways, TMDL implementation is less clear. Neither the Federal nor North Carolina TMDL programs prescribe by law or regulation a TMDL implementation plan (i.e. watershed restoration plan) to restore watershed quality. This work addresses the implementation of a TMDL for regulating and mitigating microbial contamination in the Northeast Creek watershed by applying a semi-quantitative Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) for the selection of Best Management Practice (BMP) strategies. An AHP decision matrix was developed, and each BMP strategy was compared and weighed against each selected criterion. Results of the analysis indicate a preference for diverse best management practice strategies, with an emphasis on adult stormwater education, stream buffers and enforcement, for successful implementation of a fecal coliform TMDL for Northeast Creek in Durham, North Carolina.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering."
  • Andrews, Richard N. L.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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