The Partnership will utilize an eight (8) member elected Steering Committee of partners that will oversee decisions and other actions specifically delegated to them by a vote of the full Partnership. The committee will be made up of two categories of members:
- Organizational Types. One representative of the six “types” of organizations that participate in the Partnership will be included on the Committee, which includes Soil and Water Districts, Watershed Councils, conservation groups, Tribes, state agencies, and federal agencies. Representatives of each organization type shall nominate someone from their type to serve on the Committee. The Partnership will vote on the nominees per procedures laid out by the Partnership.
At Large. Up to two (2) at-large representatives will be elected beginning after July 1, 2016. These members may come from any organization type. Partners may volunteer or nominate others for the Committee. The Partnership will vote on at-large members, and such a member will only be seated if they achieve a super-majority of vote.
The responsibilities of the Steering Committee will be the following:
- Represent the interests of the organization type they are representing and the broader Partnership, not their own organization or individual interests.
- Inform and coordinate on discussions and decision points with their organization.
- Assist the Partnership facilitator in designing Partnership and Working Group meetings,
- Review draft Partnership documents (e.g., manuals, fact sheets, plans, proposals),
- Determine if a decision should be put to majority vote of the Partnership,
- Oversee all Partnership grant proposals and awards,
- Evaluate and score project proposals if insufficient partner volunteer come forward to from a Funding Evaluation Committee for an individual funding opportunity,
- Resolve any ties in project ranking,
- Oversee development and adaptive management of the strategic action plan, and
- Hold quarterly coordination phone calls.
- Stay informed of Steering Committee discussions and activities, and share concerns or areas of disagreement with the Steering Committee as they arise. Transparent, consistent communication about where there is agreement and where there is disagreement among Steering Committee members must be developed prior to being shared with the full Partnership.