In Oregon’s Coos Bay, the natural environment is a source of pride and significant economic activity. But as a result of competing interests, the area’s natural resources can also be a source of conflict. This divisiveness often makes it difficult for to objectively assess the long-term effects of economic activity on social, economic, and environmental conditions. In response, the South Slough Reserve worked with the Coos Watershed Association on a 2012 Collaborative Research project that established the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds—a group of local stakeholders that represents diverse interests. The Partnership develops objective informational tools that serve as a foundation for community and economic development initiatives.