The River Authority’s policies and guidelines are established through an extensive review and approval process. Generally, the department responsible for the function(s) guided by the policy or guideline drafts the initial document. The draft is then reviewed by the management and executive teams for their input. Managers are responsible for garnering input from their staffs to make the process as inclusive as possible. Once a final draft is completed, guidelines are approved and signed by the General Manager. Policies are approved by the General Manager in some cases and by the Board of Directors in other instances. Policies are taken to the Board of Directors for consideration when they impact Board functions that may be outlined in the River Authority bylaws and/or when they may have a fiscal impact (e.g. such as approval of grant applications). Board approval is sought through the regular open meetings process with an item placed on the Board’s agenda.