Technical Assistance

Scientific

The Watershed Conservation Program provides technical expertise in identifying and treating all non-point source pollution types, including abandoned mine drainage. Assistance with water quality and riparian area monitoring, macro-invertebrate sampling, habitat evaluations, and monitoring protocol development is also available. Trained staff is available to serve on project steering and technical committees as well.

Legal

One of the biggest issues faced by community conservation groups is organizational standing. The Watershed Conservation Program can assist newly forming groups with development of by-laws, articles of incorporation and filing for non-profit status with the IRS. Other important legal assistance includes land acquisition, easements, and filing for Good Samaritan protection.

Administrative

Assistance is available for the many types of documentation associated with completing grant-funded projects, such as scope-of-work revisions, budget establishment, quarterly status reports and reimbursement requests. Help with managing organizational budget issues associated with organizations is available as well. Many groups have exciting and worthwhile projects to complete in their watersheds, but struggle with completing the proposals necessary to receive grant funding. The Watershed Conservation Program’s trained staff can assist in applying for these funds as well as provide grant administrative services once funds are awarded. Although the Watershed Conservation Program does not prepare funding proposals on behalf of organizations, it offers assistance with all aspects of preparing a proposal.

Outreach

The program offers assistance with getting the word out to your local community, including help with obtaining new members and fundraising. If a group has been working on or has completed worthwhile projects, but hasn't received the recognition it deserves, the Watershed Conservation Program can assist by coordinating inviting members of the media to attend an organization's functions and project sites, or helping to prepare news releases.

Education

This can range from actual in-field training for a particular project or through a formal program. Training can be offered on a variety of topics, so please contact the Watershed Conservation Program directly for details. Watershed education to children and students as well as to watershed organizations can also be provided.

Project Analysis and Prioritization

The Watershed Conservation Program can assist with prioritizing projects by visiting project sites and contacting appropriate agencies or consulting personnel. Assistance with forming important partnerships for each project is also available. Once a list of projects is developed and their priority has been established, it is necessary to match each project with the appropriate funding source. An important component of most funding proposals is the identification of matching funds or services a group will draw from to complete a project. This can be a monumental task for a volunteer group. The program can provide assistance with locating matching funds and services as well as determining how they fit into a particular project.

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