A cornerstone of the Model Watershed Program is the commitment to long-term, flexible funding of groups at sufficient levels to achieve the intended results. Major grant contributors to the Model Watershed Program and our associated consulting services include the Bonneville Power Administration, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Russell Family Foundation and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.
The Willamette Model Watershed Program is part of a long-term approach to redefine how watershed restoration efforts are created, funded, implemented and monitored. Launched in 2009 as part of Meyer Memorial Trust’s (MMT) Willamette River Initiative and Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) Model Watershed Program, the Willamette Program’s goal is to quicken the pace, expand the scope, and increase the effectiveness of actions to restore stream health and land stewardship in local watersheds.
As primary funders of the Willamette Model Watershed Program, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and BEF are committing substantial resources over a long-term period to significantly advance the scale and effectiveness of tributary restoration work in select Willamette River tributaries. It is anticipated that all the partners will collaborate to secure additional financial support for the Program in order to maintain its momentum.