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Overview

Watershed Management Policy Board 
The Watershed Management Policy Board (WMPB) was established by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County in order to coordinate watershed management plans without regard to the legal boundaries of the City and County. The WMPB is comprised of local officials and citizens of our community. The City and County each have a representative on the WMPB. The WMPB also include representatives from the private sector, the Leon County Science Advisory Committee, the higher education institutions and a private citizen.

Technical Support Staff 
The WMPB receives technical support from a professional group of staff members who have the knowledge and experience to advise and provide recommendation that will fulfill the goals the WMPB. The technical support staff is comprised of the directors of stormwater for the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, a staff member of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, and a member of the Florida Lakes Management Society.

Why is watershed protection important?
Watersheds are land areas that deliver surface runoff and groundwater to rivers, lakes and streams. Rainfall that does not filter into the ground or evaporate is referred to as stormwater runoff. Stormwater affects everyone in our community. The pollutants in stormwater runoff present a substantial threat to the health of our streams and lakes. As this water flows, it collects all kinds of things from sediment and leaves to pesticides and automobile fluids into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches, and eventually discharges into our streams and rivers untreated. These contaminants can have a dramatic effect on our wildlife, fish, plants and surface water quality.

Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are working together to bring a unified watershed standard to our community. By managing watersheds, the WMPB has the ability to address water pollution and supply issues so that more comprehensive strategies can be implemented.

Basins
There are approximately 25 basins located throughout the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. Many of the basins extend into adjacent counties as well as Georgia. The basin limits allow technical staff to focus on the land affecting a particular lake or stream when developing a management plan.

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