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Watershed Council Support Listening Sessions
Listening Session Follow Up
Listening Session Staff Report (PDF) 
A Report on Watershed Council Support Listening Sessions (PDF) 
The Listening Sessions were the first step in an ongoing assessment of council support funding and capacity building needs and actions.  Staff presented the Listening Session report to the Board on June 2, 2010, and they were very interested in the results. 
The Board is committed to following up the Listening Sessions with actions.  Board members are looking forward to continued dialogue with councils at the OWEB Biennial Conference this November.  At the Conference, OWEB will discuss what actions are being taken to follow up after the Listening Sessions, OWEB's ideas for the future of the council support program, and seek councils’ feedback and ideas.  Stay tuned for more information!

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board began a strategic planning process in June 2009 and the Board approved the Final Strategic Plan at its January 2010 meeting.  Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan is to “Support an enduring, high capacity local infrastructure for conducting watershed restoration and conservation.”  Strategy 2 under Goal 2 is to “Evaluate and adjust watershed council support grant review and funding processes to build local capacity, provide base funding and promote strategic partnerships.”
In October 2009, OWEB’s Director and the Board of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils discussed the importance of engaging watershed councils in a deeper dialogue about what makes watershed councils successful and how OWEB watershed council funding and processes might be changed in order to build local capacity, provide base funding and promote strategic partnerships.  It was agreed that there should be a series of “listening sessions” with watershed councils in order to have this deeper dialogue. 
Because of the importance of watershed council support funding to more than 60 councils across the state, it will take time and continued dialogue to do a good job developing proposed changes and understanding how councils might be affected by those changes.  As a result, OWEB is not currently planning to make significant changes to watershed council support for the 2011-2013 watershed council support grant cycle.  It is currently contemplated that any significant changes would occur for the 2013 cycle.
Watershed Council Support Grant Information 

For more information or questions please contact Courtney Shaff at 503-986-0046 or courtney.shaff@state.or.us or Lauri Aunan at 503-986-0047 or lauri.g.aunan@state.or.us.