Prioritization, Targeting, and Measuring Water Quality Improvement Application (PTMA)
Accelerated Implementation Grant 2014
Development (refinement) of PTM Tool
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Prioritization, Targeting, and Measuring Water Quality Improvement Application (PTMA) connects the general qualitative strategies in a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Watershed Restoration and Protection (WRAP) and the identification of implementable on-the-ground Best Management Practices (BMPs). Leveraging geospatial data from the International Water Institute this application will be developed for two pilot areas within the Red River Basin.
TMDLs and WRAPs include general strategies for improving water quality but rarely identify the specific locations of projects to achieve the desired sediment and nutrients load reduction. PTMA will include the capability to ingest modeling results to site one or many water quality improvement projects, evaluate collective water quality impacts, and demonstrate fiscal accountability.
PTMA can be used by local government staff and decision-makers to prioritize subwatersheds for implementation, target specific fields to install BMPs, and measure water quality improvement by tracking expected nutrient and sediment load reductions within the watershed. PTMA will generate reports documenting the prioritization, targeting, and measuring process and identify a set of BMPs to establish funding priority for implementation.