The Scientific Studies Program is part of the Safe, Clean Water Regional Program to provide funding for activities such as scientific studies, technical studies, monitoring, and modeling. Watershed Area Steering Committees will determine how to appropriate funds for the Scientific Studies Program. The District will administer the Scientific Studies Program and will seek to utilize independent research institutions or academic institutions to carry out, help design, or peer review eligible activities. All activities to be funded by the Scientific Studies Program will be conducted in accordance with accepted scientific protocols.