Keith assisted the State Board as it organized to distribute funds through the regional boards and develop its allocation criteria. He sat on two technical committees and acted as a subcontractor to develop a benefit/cost model using on-the ground monitoring to determine specific categories of projects that returned the highest biological benefit for fund dollars. Keith participated in the first twelve years of annual funding rounds. This board was chaired by William (Bill) D. Ruckelshaus – the first and third Administrator of the US EPA.