The Tualatin Partners – a collection of nine cities and water districts – hoped to assume ownership of Scoggins Dam and Reservoir from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, believing that local control would result in greater operation and cost efficiencies, as well as significantly increase water availability and reliability throughout the Tualatin Basin. The Partners needed to reach agreement on how they would manage the Dam in order to present a unified voice and operational platform to The Bureau.
Margaret facilitated an 18-member Governance Task Group over ten meetings in 2007. She designed the group’s process, facilitated all meetings, and wrote all products leading up to the draft and final Memorandum of Agreement. Members had deeply divided opinions, particularly in relation to financial obligations and existing water rights. Margaret was able to keep the group focused on common values and goals, enabling them to agree on a governance structure, governing principles, and an operational framework. After ten meetings, the partners were unanimous on their signatures to the Memorandum of Agreement.