Watershed Governance Structures & Funding Mechanisms - Considerations for a Colorado River Basin Restoration Initiative

This document summarizes governance structure information acquired during the analysis of watershed initiative case studies examined for the 2011 RiversEdge West (formerly Tamarisk Coalition) report Sustainable Funding Options for a Comprehensive Riparian Restoration Initiative in the Colorado River Basin (Tamarisk Coalition 2011), which will be referred to as the Tamarisk Coalition Sustainable Funding Report throughout this paper.

This document’s purposes are 1) to inform a discussion of governance structures that may be appropriate to manage a Colorado River Basin (CRB) Restoration Initiative and, 2) to inform governance structure discussions for Colorado River tributary restoration initiatives, given their respective political climates and potentially viable funding options.