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National Watershed Health Program: Colorado Pilot

Related: Environment and Natural Resources

Meridian partnered with staff at Trees, Water & People; Conservation Impact; the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8; and the River Network on one of four state pilot projects for the National Watershed Health Project (NWHP). The goal of the NWHP was to increase the effectiveness of watershed partnerships throughout the country—specifically, to improve partnership members’ ability to plan and implement successful watershed-level protection and restoration projects. The results from the state pilot programs were designed to inform the NWHP.
In the Colorado pilot project, Meridian assisted participating watershed groups with a “benchmarking” self-assessment process, developed by the Institute for Conservation Leadership, to determine the need for organizational development coaching or training in areas such as strategic planning, fundraising, and board development. Selected groups also completed a “technical needs and training survey” to identify training needs. Specific training and/or coaching was provided based on the survey results, and the effectiveness of the service provided was evaluated to inform the NWHP.

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