Steering Committee Goals

Example of Bootstrap 3 Accordion

o To effectively anticipate and respond as needed to local changes in the South Slough and Coastal Frontal watersheds; and to

o establish a public forum that facilitates community collaboration and decision making.

o Develop a vision for the South Slough and Coastal Frontal watersheds that defines long-term (i.e., 20 years) economic, environmental, and community goals
o Develop a shared understanding of the current quality of life and environmental conditions in the project area
o Develop a shared understanding of the issues facing the project area which may impede progress towards realizing the vision
o Identify voluntary actions for the project area that will help ensure progress towards the vision
o Prioritize those actions based on collectively agreed upon criteria
o Contribute to implementing prioritized community and resource management actions for the project area
o Contribute to the development of a program to evaluate progress towards meeting the vision in light of changing conditions
o Contribute to the first State of the Watersheds assessment for the South Slough and Coastal Frontal watersheds

The first phase of the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds (PCW) was guided by the Partnership Steering Committee, a group of community stakeholders whose members represented a broad spectrum of local interests associated with the South Slough and “coastal frontal” area to the west see map. Half day Steering Committee meetings were held monthly to conduct the work of the group.

For the second phase, the Partnership Steering Committee’s membership expanded to include the Coos estuary and associated watersheds see map. The Steering Committee has been revised to allow members to focus on the specific projects they’re interested in.

To that end, Partnership subcommittees were formed to guide three Partnership for Coastal Watersheds initiatives: the Coos Estuary Inventory Project; Phase 1 Action Plan Implementation; and Coos Estuary Monitoring Tools Project.

A fourth Coordination Subcommittee has been formed to lead “big picture” strategic planning to understand where the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds is headed, and to develop PCW outreach.

Subcommittee meetings are scheduled as-needed and have been shortened to two hour afternoon or evening affairs to allow private industry members to more easily participate. The full Partnership Steering Committee now meets 2-3 times per year.

o Provide overall direction for the PCW
o Provide a community venue for the various subcommittee members to report project progress and results
o Review the work of PCW subcommittees and recommend refinements to the project work
o Communicate the results of the PCW projects to steering committee members’ organizations
o Participate in outreach tasks and events designed to distribute Partnership for Coastal Watersheds project results
o Review recommendations of the Coordination Subcommittee for PCW involvement in “next step” projects – those projects that can be developed by building on the current subcommittee projects. For example, the Coos Estuary Inventory Project will support the County’s revision of the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan. It will also support the development of a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning for Coos Bay.

o Engage in civil, constructive dialogue
o Listen to others’ ideas and views
o Participate in ~9 meetings over ~1 yr
o Engage in a Collaborative Learning Process
o Participate in sub-committees, as necessary
o Work within the group rather than going outside or around
o Be a part of broader outreach and community involvement efforts, as appropriate
o Consider participating in future meetings to review watershed health information and consider additional voluntary watershed projects

Steering Committee