What can local governments do to lead or participate in watershed governance?

Many local governments are interested in having a greater role in watershed decision-making and stewardship. Increasingly, residents are expecting local jurisdictions to play a leadership role to protect lakes, rivers, ponds, wetlands, and streams. Citizens are turning to local officials to help define community values around water uses. And taxpayers are demanding action to avoid expensive damage due to extreme flooding and drought. Many municipalities are finding innovative ways to lead or support water governance initiatives. Local governments have authority for zoning, and drinking water provision.