Funding for projects will be prioritised and based on multiple considerations—from historic monitoring results of a waterway to landowner readiness. The MEP identifies the highest priority catchments, though others will be considered. Some factors for prioritisation include:
- Community stakeholder readiness.
- The existence of other programmes that landowners can tap into.
- The type of land use and its effects on water quality or sensitive receiving environments.
- The size of the catchments and their connections with neighbouring catchments. The interconnections between sub-catchments (up-and down-stream) is important. It may be necessary to address lower priority issues in an upstream catchment in order to more effectively implement mitigation downstream.
There could be scenarios where smaller catchments are addressed prior to others because of funding availability or capacity of the Catchment Care Officer.