THE FORUM IS PROVIDING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SO THAT YOU MAY UNDERSTAND THE 11 KEY AREAS OF IMPORTANCE IN YOUR APPLICATION:
1. Forum Objectives. Does the project meet any of the Forum’s 9 objectives?
2. Priority. To what extent does the project relate to a priority stream, river, or species issue as identified in local, state, or regional plans?
3. Diadromous Benefits. Would the project result in an open, connected river system with increased access to suitable diadromous fish habitat (e.g., consider upstream and downstream barriers, habitat quality)?
4. Overall Ecological Benefits. Would the project yield broad ecological benefits (e.g., ecosystem-based, multiple life stages of multiple species - including diadromous species, natural riverine functions, riparian/floodplain connectivity)
5. Evaluation. Is there an adequate method and/or monitoring plan in place for evaluating project success?
6. Project Readiness. Will the project be implemented within 12-16 months?
7. Permitting. Is the project likely to successfully complete the regulatory process (local, state, and federal) within a reasonable timeframe (i.e., 6-12 months)? Does the proposal include information on the status of necessary permits and consultations? Are there are any regulatory issues that may be insurmountable or cause long-term delays
8. Value. Is the project cost-effective relative to its complexity, regulatory environment, and potential ecological and community benefits? Are the proposed costs substantiated and is the majority of funding going towards on-the-ground restoration? (points can be deducted if the budget is unclear)
9. Match. Has this project secured any match?
10. Project Management. Do the proposal, project manager, project team, and preliminary project work instill confidence that the project will be completed successfully?
11. Outreach. Does the proposal include public outreach as it relates to the proposed restoration, including plans to disseminate information on: 1) restoration goals and results; 2) sources of funding and other support provided, such as the involvement of partners; and 3) the potential for the proposed restoration to encourage future restoration and protection of marine and coastal habitats or complement other local restoration or conservation activities?