As the fisheries enhancement programs got off the ground during the late 1980s and different entities emerged, the tracking, maintaining, and handling of funding became difficult. It became apparent that the various local programs needed unified guidance, and a way to centralize monies for collection and distribution as a non-profit organization. In 1991 a small group of supportive community leaders and representatives from the various STEP groups established the Coos County STEP Commission. This commission is now composed of fifteen trustees who manage monies, submit grants, and facilitate the distributions to the Southwestern Oregon STEP District programs.
Steven W. Bauder