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This document lays out a strategy to achieve the primary long-term goal for the state of Indiana’s NPS program. Achieving this goal relies on the support, cooperation, and resources IDEM and its partners offer to address NPS pollution in Indiana. Some goals will be easier to achieve than others. IDEM recognizes that the plan is a living document. As progress is made towards the achievement of the goals and objectives, the plan will be evaluated. Objectives and the approaches to reach objectives will be restructured to reflect both progress made and challenges encountered.
The state’s long-term goal (between seven and ten years from implementation) of this NPS management plan is to:
Make measurable improvements in water quality by addressing NPS pollution through education, planning, and implementation.
The Plan lays out steps to achieve this goal by providing a single, unified, and coordinated approach to dealing with NPS pollution structured around program objectives. Achievement of the long-term goal will be reached through efforts made on a number of more detailed objectives. Collectively, these objectives will develop processes, programs, and skills needed to improve water quality and reduce NPS pollution. The key components of the long term goal are:
The long-term goal and corresponding program objectives (short-term, medium-term, and long-term) are explained in the following sections. The goal and objectives will guide the program in reaching the program vision. In this report, short-term refers to one to five years. Medium-term refers to four to seven years. Long-term refers to seven to ten years from the adoption of the plan. All objectives build on each other with the achievement of long-term objectives relying on the achievement of short-term and medium-term objectives. Program objectives are expressed as activities linked to the long-term goal. Also included is a quantitative metric to track progress and judge if the objective is successfully met.