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  • This document summarizes governance structure information acquired during the analysis of watershed initiative case studies examined for the 2011 Tamarisk Coalition report Sustainable Funding Options for a Comprehensive Riparian Restoration Initiative in the Colorado River Basin. This document’s purposes are 1) to inform a discussion of governance structures that may be appropriate to manage a Colorado River Basin Restoration Initiative and, 2) to inform governance structure discussions for Colorado River tributary restoration initiatives, given their respective political climates and potentially viable funding options.

  • These worksheets were developed by The Foundation Center and provide helpful exercises for thinking through and developing the components of a Fundraising Plan. Attached is an example of a sample fundraising plan as well. 

  • This document provides a generic template for grant budget development. 

  • This documents provides a template for tracking multiple funding streams from multiple sources in the watershed partnership setting. Please note that formulas may need to be adjusted and updated. 

  • These documents provide an overview of why and how to track in-kind contributions.

  • To ensure that TC’s Funding Program targets the real needs of restoration practitioners, we conducted a survey in 2014.  The survey collected valuable firsthand information about the components of restoration work that are the most difficult to fund and is being used to communicate with funders of restoration to help them better understand where there is a need for more restoration funding.
    The survey results indicate that:
    • The majority of survey respondents (36.11%) agreed that Monitoring is the top most difficult restoration work component to fund.
    • The majority of survey respondents (41.67%) agreed that Planning and Project Management is the second most difficult restoration work component to fund.
    • The majority of respondents (56.25%) of survey respondents agreed that Watershed-wide Monitoring was the most difficult type of monitoring to fund.
    • The majority of survey respondents (58.62%) agreed that of the Planning and Project Management activities, fundraising was the most difficult to fund.
  • The goal of this lessons learned project is two-fold – to understand and capture the factors that have led to partnership successes and failures and memorialize those lessons and use them to inform how REW provides services and assistance to partnerships moving forward. Results of the lessons learned study describe key lessons learned regarding how well collaborative watershed partnerships worked together to achieve their goals as well as how well REW supported these collaborative efforts. 

  • A brief analysis of NRCS funding programs, considering which lands may be involved in each of the different funding opportunities.

  • 2018 Dolores River Restoration Partnership Annual Report 

Funding Webinars

  • Featured Speaker:

    • Illene Roggensack, Third Sector Innovations 

    Webinar #1: Introduction to the Funding Webinar Series and Restoration Fundraising Basics provided insights into developing and implementing an effective and diverse fundraising strategy as presented by Illene Roggensack, from Third Sector Innovations. 

  • Featured Speaker: 

    • Claire Thorp, National Fidh and Wildlife Foundation 

    This webinar featured a presentation by Claire Thorp, from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, who discussed the various NFWF grant programs that provide funding related to invasive plant removal and restoration work. 

  • Featured Speakers:

    • Mary Ellen Ardouny, President, The Corps Network
    • Chris Nesset, Resource Development Director, Southwest Conservation Corps
    • Anna Schrenk, Program Coordinator, Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition

    This webinar featured a presentation on how Conservation Corps work and the benefits and funding opportunities they can bring to restoration partnerships, funding opportunities that are specific to engaging youth in conservation work, and an overview of the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition’s successes in fundraising and working with Conservation Corps and other underserved populations to implement restoration work on-the-ground.

    Please email for a recording of this webinar. .

  • Featured Speakers:


    • Chris Sturm – Colorado Water Conservation Board Programs
    • Rachel Wilson-Roussel - Colorado Department of Health and Environment Program
    •  Brian Sullivan/Pat Tucker - Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife Programs
    • Naomi Marcus - Colorado State Forest Service Programs  –
    • Dave Kanzer - Colorado River District
    • Shanda Vangas - Xcel Foundation 

    The presentations provide an overview of the type of work each Colorado based  grant program supports (e.g. invasive plant removal, re-vegetation and habitat restoration) and tips on how to successfully apply.

  • Featured Speakers: 

    • Story Clark, a professional consultant specializing in land conservation and restoration finance.
    • Marcus Selig, the former Arizona Forest Conservation Program Manager for the Grand Canyon Trust, and the current Director of Colorado Programs for the National Forest Foundation. 

    An overview of different Payment for Watershed Services (PWS) models being implemented in the U.S., other innovative restoration funding techniques, and the process behind the development of Flagstaff Ballot Measure 405 are covered. 

  • Featured Speakers:

    • Dawn Jackson, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    • Ken Morgan, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW)
    • Kris Randall, Arizona Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW)

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is one of the largest sources of public conservation and restoration funding for private lands in the United States. Dawn Jackson explains how NRCS programs can be leveraged to accomplish restoration work. Ken Morgan provide an example of how to think creatively about utilizing NRCS funds. Partners for Fish and Wildlife is another important source of funding for restoration work on private lands. Bill Noonan will explain how this program works in Colorado and Kris Randal  explains how this program works in Arizona. 

  • Featured Speakers:

    • Rich Riding, Utah Department of Agriculture
    • Chris Wood, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
    • Natalie Conlin, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands
    • Jim Bowcutt, Department of Water Quality

    Rich Riding discussed the Invasive Weed Mitigation Grant Program, which is an important source of funding for invasive plant removal in Utah. Chris Wood  provided an overview of the Utah Watershed Restoration Initiative (UWRI) and the many resources this program can provide for restoration work in Utah. Natalie Conlin discussed various forestry focused grant programs that can support invasive plant removal and restoration work in Utah. Jim Bowcutt provided an overview of funding available through the Clean Water Act (Section 319) and how it might apply to Tamarisk removal in Utah. 

  • Featured Speakers:

    • Rodney Held, Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF)
    •  Marty Herrera, Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGFD)
    • Samuel “Jake” Breedlove, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ)

    The AWPF provides funding for projects that directly maintain, enhance and restore river and riparian resources; implement innovative river and riparian research; and implement water conservation measures or programs outside of the 5 Active Management Areas. Rodney Held  provided an overview of the history and applicability of this program to restoration in Arizona. Marty Herrera discussed the AGFD’s Heritage Fund program, which supports projects that recover threatened and endangered species, foster wildlife, educate children about the environment, and create new opportunities for outdoor recreation. Samuel “Jake” Breedlove presented on ADEQ’s Water Quality Improvement Grant Program, which funds projects that implement on-the-ground water quality improvements to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

  • Featured Speakers:

    • Steven Martin, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
    • Rebecca Kihslinger, Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
    • Diane Frisbee, The Nature Conservancy, Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund
    • Steven Collins, The Wetlands Bankgroup

    Steven Martin provided an overview of the USACE’s Compensatory Mitigation Program and its requirements. Rebecca Kihslinger explained  the long-term maintenance and funding requirements associated with becoming an in-lieu fee (ILF) sponsor or mitigation bank.  Diane Frisbee explained how the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund functions as a statewide in-lieu fee sponsor and will provide a case study example of mitigation on private and public land.  Finally, Steven Collins shared case studies of mitigation banks and describe their successes and challenges. The goal of the webinar was to provide the audience with a better understanding of the USACE Compensatory Mitigation Program, as well as, a balanced perspective on the pros and cons of becoming an ILF or mitigation bank.

  • Featured Speakers:

    • John Rice, Southern Rockies LCC
    • Kevin Johnson, Desert LCC
    • Linda Kelly, Great Basin LCC
    • James Broska, Great Plains LCC
    Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC) are self-directed partnerships between federal agencies, states, tribes, non-governmental organizations, universities, and other entities to collaboratively define science needs and jointly address broad-scale conservation issues, such as climate change in a defined geographic area. During this webinar, representatives from the four LCCs operating in the Southwestern U.S.  provided an overview of their regions’ program goals and describe how they work with land managers to leverage financial resources. For background information on LCCs please see:
  • Featured Speakers:

    • Molly Murfee, 1% for Open Space
    • Jonathan Schechter, 1% for the Tetons

    Voluntary Surcharge Programs provide an opportunity for organizations to fundraise by partnering with local businesses to solicit voluntary contributions from customers for a specific cause. These programs can be designed in many different ways to fit the interests and needs of your community. This webinar provided some examples of how this type of program works in a couple of different communities. Molly Murfee and Jonathan Schechter each provided an overview of how their respective organizations established, developed and continue to implement Voluntary Surcharge Programs in their communities. 

  • Featured Speakers:

    • Gayle Mabery, Town of Clarkdale 
    • Ellen Yates, Town of Clarkdale 
    • Bruce Roll, Clean Water Services

    Partnerships between restoration groups and water utility companies can provide unique opportunities for accomplishing restoration and reducing the need for expensive water distribution infrastructure. Gayle Mabery and Ellen Yates spoke about a utility surcharge program that has helped to fund water conservation awareness in local schools. Bruce Roll from Clean Water Services will share the innovative temperature credit program his utility company has implemented along the Tualatin River in Oregon. This program has helped restore approximately 15,000 acres of habitat over 10 years and has saved CWS approximately $100,000,000 in infrastructure costs. If you are a restoration practitioner or a water utility company you will want to participate in this webinar and identify similar opportunities in your own watershed.  

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