Competing Interests

  • Local officials face a wide array of important and urgent issues that are constantly vying for their attention and local government resources.

Limited Scientific and Technical Capacity

  • Many local officials do not have scientific or technical training or access to a knowledgeable person with technical capacity.

Routine Turnover

  • There is a constant stream of newly elected and appointed officials.

Regional Needs

  • The complexity of the watershed and variety of jurisdictions create distinct regional needs.