As other OWOW innovators also clearly recognized, the watershed frame revived and modernized an idea proposed a century before by John Wesley Powell, the legendary explorer and second director of the U.S.
In 1994, OWOW established the Watershed Academy to supply in-person and (in 1996) Web-based training for federal, state, local, and nonprofit watershed practitioners.
One such course is based on the EPA guide Community Culture and the Environment, which an OWOW team developed with community watershed groups and field-tested with local chapters of the Nature Conservancy.
Recognizing that the agency's current budget constraints limit how much direct funding can go to watershed groups, OWOW's Watershed Financing Team has begun to extend much greater assistance with tools and training to help groups become more financially sustainable.
We could easily add another zero [that is, multiply by ten] to the set-aside." Diane Regas, director of OWOW, provided the critical agency leadership, according to Fox.