The use of SMART indicators (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound) can help determine why, what, when and where adjustments are needed to improve watershed management practices, or to re-affirm staying-the-course and maintain existing practices.

Some of the characteristics of a good watershed indicator includes the following:

 
If you would like to learn even more about environmental and watershed indicators, we also recommend “Indicators for Assessing Environmental Performance of Watersheds in Southern Alberta” (source: Alberta Environment).