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Oregon Wetland Plan receives EPA approval, is first in region
Oregon wetland  
Oregon's recently developed Wetland Program Plan (WPP) is designed to focus wetland protection and restoration work in a strategic way, and communicate long- and short-term objectives to the Environmental Protection Agency and others. The plan was developed under a 2010 EPA development grant, and was approved for the 2011-2016 time period.
 
While WPPs are not required, the EPA strongly encourages states and tribes to complete them to better achieve wetland and other aquatic resource goals. The plans are public documents that help partner organizations stay informed and connected to wetland planning.
 
The voluntary plans are developed and implemented by state agencies and tribes with extensive partner input. In Oregon, the Department of State Lands and its collaborators identified various programs’ wetland objectives and strategies for regulation, monitoring, assessment, water quality and voluntary restoration. Contributing state agencies included the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Watershed Enhancement Board, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Water Resources Department; Parks and Recreation Department and the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Federal agencies included the US Forest Service and their Pacific Northwest Research Station, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
Oregon's five-year WPP will be updated every three years. A companion five-year strategy was also developed as part of the process: Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Strategy for Oregon. Activities identified in the plan and strategy will be given priority when applying for EPA Wetland Program Development Grants.
 
Oregon Wetland Program Plan  
 
Oregon Wetland Monitoring and Assessment Strategy  
 
EPA Wetland Program Plans 
 
EPA Wetland Development Grant Program 
 

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