Project Partners

The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a private non-profit organization that works nationwide to conserve land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since 1972, TPL has completed more than 5,200 park and conservation projects nationwide, conserving more than 3 million acres. Also, since 1996, TPL has helped 382 ballot measures gain voter approval - a success rate over 80 percent - generating more than $33 billion in new funding for land conservation. In 2002, with support from EPA, TPL led the Source Water Stewardship project to build locally-based drinking water protection efforts that incorporated land conservation and forest management in four different watersheds. The initial investment of $396,000 was leveraged to create over $25 million of public and private dollars for implementation, including land conservation.

Smart Growth Leadership Institute

The Smart Growth Leadership Institute, a project of Smart Growth America, was created by former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening to help state and local elected, civic and business leaders design and implement effective smart growth strategies. SGLI manages the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a national, non-partisan program created specifically to assist governors, their cabinet, and top staff as they make investments in their communities and guide growth and development in their states.

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) serves the drinking water program administrators in the 50 states, territories, the Navajo Nation, and the District of Columbia. ASDWA supports states in their efforts to protect public health through the assurance of high quality drinking water; collects and makes accessible to all state program administrators information and data to assist them in the proper fulfillment of their duties; encourages the interchange of experience among state drinking water programs; promotes responsible, reasonable, and feasible drinking water programs at the state and Federal levels; and provides advice, counsel, and expertise to organizations and entities having an interest in drinking water including Congress and EPA.

River Network

The River Network is a national nonprofit organization working for clean and healthy waters. River Network is unique among national organizations because it supports grassroots groups working for watershed protection. By providing information, training, consultation and connections, River Network enhances the efforts of many other organizations, whose work, in turn, benefits hundreds of millions of people from coast to coast. The network consists of thousands of organizations, including grassroots watershed associations, statewide conservation groups, large river basin groups, Native American tribes, fishing and boating associations, businesses, state and federal governmental agencies and other national environmental organizations.