• Watershed councils are successful, stable organizations, producing watershed restoration and community engagement results across the state.
• OWEB contributes to council capacity over the long term.
• OWEB does not, alone, support the capacity needs of councils. Community support, and local, state, and regional partnerships, will sustain council capacity most successfully over the long term.
This vision is accomplished by a council support grant program that:
• Is administratively efficient for councils and OWEB.
• Ensures the most effective, efficient and accountable use of public funds.
• Encourages councils to maximize partnerships, collaboration, and operating efficiencies to
become more self-sustaining.
• Provides a stable number of capacity grants for: a more efficient granting process for OWEB, and more predictable and equitable distribution of capacity grants for councils.
• Provides councils local flexibility, innovation and creativity within OWEB’s program and
• Encourages a whole watershed approach by investing in geographically and ecologically
based “ridgetop to ridgetop” council capacity areas.