The project follows professionally accepted restoration approaches resulting in ecological or watershed benefits.
Watershed restoration projects meeting the criteria established by subsection (1) above will be further evaluated based on:
Clarity; the proposal:
Will be implemented using a clearly defined and appropriate method to address the problem;
Has clearly stated objectives and is likely to meet these; and
Is ready to be implemented.
Technical soundness; the proposal:
Addresses limiting factors or watershed health problems by treating the causes rather than the symptoms;
Identifies and evaluates alternatives to address the identified problem; and
Quantifies watershed benefits.
Cost effectiveness; the proposal:
Provides an overall budget that reflects expected, and quantified, watershed health benefits; and
Reflects reasonable rates for direct costs and match.
Watershed context; the proposal:
Considers likely impacts to the site and adjacent properties during and after project implementation;
Addresses watershed function and ecosystem processes, including water quality and fish and wildlife life stages;
Implements a specific action within an explicit geography prioritized in a watershed restoration plan;(D)Fits within the context of past, current, and planned future restoration efforts in the watershed; and
Provides or promotes public awareness that may lead to opportunities for watershed restoration or enhancement.
Capacity; the applicant:
Engages appropriate partners;
Demonstrates successful long-term stewardship and maintenance is likely; and
Demonstrates a past grant record with timely project completeness, accounting, and reporting as well as whether past projects were completed as proposed, using information provided by Board staff.[Publications: Publications referenced are available from the agency.]