The TAG operates under the following rules, as defined by the YBFWRB Bylaws:
There shall be a Technical Advisory Group (“TAG”) to evaluate and grade salmon recovery and other fish and wildlife projects based primarily on technical merit. The TAG will also review updated plans, including prioritizing areas of interest and need; and, take such other actions as may be directed by the Board of Directors. Composition and operating procedures for the TAG will include:
9.3.1 12- to 15-person membership that is broadly representative of technical experts that are highly knowledgeable of fish and wildlife needs in the Yakima Basin.
9.3.2 Adherence to standards set in chapter 77.85 RCW when reviewing salmon recovery projects that may be submitted to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
9.3.3 All projects evaluated for funding under RCW 77.85.050 will be submitted to the Citizen Committee for review and ranking. All other recommendations will be made directly to the Board of Directors.
9.3.4 The TAG may choose to elect a chair and a vice-chair.
9.3.5 The TAG may choose, with Board of Directors approval, to create subcommittees, advisory groups or ad-hoc groups to meet specific needs and tasks.
9.3.6 The TAG shall use a consensus based decision making process.
9.3.7 Individual members may provide minority perspectives and guidance to the Board of Directors or, in the case of lead entity projects, the Citizen Committee.
9.3.8 TAG members may present information but shall remove themselves from participating in decisions and deliberations on projects where they have a direct interest in requested funding.