The Endowment seeks to help local communities develop sustainable funding streams that allow them to protect their forested watersheds. Through a partnership with the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Knobloch Family Foundation, the Endowment is working in the Savannah River Watershed, which encompasses 2.8 million acres, 78% of which is forested. It serves more than 475,000 people. The largely rural nature of the watershed is threatened by urban development and contaminants. This watershed may be ripe for a watershed protection program, given interest expressed by the utilities in Savannah, Georgia, and Beaufort/Jasper, South Carolina. The goal of this project is to fully explore the potential for a watershed protection program and support local efforts to implement such a project.