• Capacity
    • Differing levels of capacity among local officials
    • Differing opportunities to increase knowledge at all levels of understanding
    • High turnover among local officials
    • Competing interests and limited resources (people, time, money)
    • Consistent and focused state and federal program implementation at the local level
  • Public Interest and Opinion
    • Distinct regional needs (due to the size, geography and civic and political complexity of the watershed)
    • Historical lack of focus on conservation and natural resource issues
    • Local behavior norms related to conservation actions
    • Local knowledge of and support for environmental protection and restoration activities
    • Local awareness of climate change and associated changing environmental conditions
    • Local cultures of excellence that showcase outstanding leaders and initiatives
    • Competing interests and limited attention
    • Political will
  • Information Tracking and Assessment
    • Access to actionable and reliable information
    • Accurate measurement and clear communication of positive changes in the watershed from natural resource, economic and cultural perspectives