Photo: Lake Erie CWMA

Photo: Lake Erie CWMA

The Lake Erie CWMA is administered by a steering committee consisting of representatives from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio Division of Wildlife, and the Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District. The Steering Committee meets every few months to discuss program details such as progress of projects and future plans. The CWMA has one dedicated staff person who serves as the coordinator and is overseen by the Steering Committee.

As with any collaborative involving various agencies and organizations, logistics and internal policies can be challenging to navigate. The challenges most often manifest in the administration of employees and contracts. One agency, by necessity, is working to become incorporated and thus able to be the employer/administrator of the CWMA coordinator and assume the responsibility of payroll, purchasing/contracting, deliverables, etc.  However, with those differences also come with broader ranges and areas of expertise that serve to make the collaborative more robust and resilient to change.