The California Department of Conservation (DOC) contracted the Sierra Institute to conduct a study of the Statewide and CALFED Watershed Programs. The programs have funded 175 watershed management project grants and 150 watershed coordination grants to numerous organizations and agencies across the state from 1998 to 2014. Our research team will study a selection of the grants with the goal of understanding the effectiveness of the programs and lessons learned throughout. Ultimately, this research will offer valuable recommendations to inform future watershed management initiatives.
Our research team will select, at minimum, 45 grant cases to study in-depth. Case study research involves a review of grant documents and reports, as well as in-person interviews with a variety of participants and stakeholders who were involved with the grants in some capacity. Through interviews we hope to capture stories of lessons learned, opportunities and challenges, local participation and collaborative efforts, environmental and social outcomes, and critical variables that contribute to success. Documenting these case studies will establish a valuable resource for watershed groups to improve watershed management strategies and aid in the adoption of best practices.
Our research and the production of a final report will conclude in June of 2018.