Given the increased importance of technical assistance to the ability of the agricultural sector to achieve its conservation goals in the Chesapeake Bay, NFWF and the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network conducted a systematic assessment of the existing technical assistance capacity. Headwaters and partners developed a Bay-wide assessment and report that identifies the program and organizational challenges as well as future staffing needs; providing a more comprehensive understanding of the scope of the problem and potential solutions.
In 2018, the Virginia Environmental Endowment launched its James River Water Quality Improvement Program. Headwaters LLC supported VEE in the development of the program's strategic investment plan in collaboration with many conservation and restoration partners working throughout the James River watershed.
NFWF business plans present clear strategies for conservation programs, conveying the conservation goals and outcomes and the resources and monitoring accountability necessary to do so. Headwaters provides support to NFWF and its partners in the development of plans for the Delaware River, Chesapeake Bay, and Western Pennsylvania geographies.