Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Selecting Watershed Restoration Strategies By Using The Analytical Hierarchy Process
by Bolte, Robin Jo Eddy, M.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009, 71; 1500667
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Andrews, Richard N.L.
Commitee: Characklis, Gregory W., Heath, Milton S., Jr.
School: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department: Environmental Sciences & Engineering
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental management
Publication Number: 1500667
ISBN: 978-1-124-94083-0
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