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Small Grant Priorities and Project Types
Priority Watershed Concerns
OWEB encourages teams to use the Small Grant Program as a complement to local watershed-related plans in an effort to further established goals for watershed enhancement and protection. Such plans include, but are not limited to, Watershed Council Assessments and Action Plans, Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plans, and urban non-point source pollution management plans, etc. Priority watershed concerns adopted by the Small Grant Team should address the source of watershed health problems, and not the effects.

 
Eligible Project Types
The Small Grant Program will fund only those projects that:
  • Demonstrate in the Small Grant Project application a clear watershed benefit to aquatic species, wildlife, or watershed health
  • Are consistent with the local Small Grant Team’s priority watershed concerns
  • Adhere to OWEB Small Grant Administrative Rules   
  • Are implemented in a manner consistent with the Oregon Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Guide
  • Use and clearly identify in the small grant application technical guidance from at least one of the six approved sources, and cite in the application the practice code(s), or the page number and paragraph, for the technical guidance source listed
  • Demonstrate 25-percent secured match funding
The following project types are eligible for funding through the Small Grant Program. Teams select from this list the project types they will fund for the current biennium:
 
Instream Process and Function
  • Improve Instream Habitat: place large wood, boulders, or salmon carcasses
  • Manage Erosion: bioengineer stream banks, slope stream banks, or develop water gaps
  • Eradicate Exotic Aquatic Species
 
Fish Passage
  • Remove Irrigation or Push-Up Dams: install alternatives (e.g., infiltration galleries, point-of-diversion transfers) or convert from gravity diversion to pumps
 
Urban Impact Reduction
  • Install Storm Water Runoff Treatments (e.g., create bioswales, green roofs)
  • Create Off-Channel Flood Storage
  • Employ Integrated Pest Management
 
Riparian Process and Function
  • Manage Nutrient and Sediment Inputs: fence out livestock, develop off-channel watering (in combination with fencing a riparian area), or redirect effluent
  • Manage Vegetation: plant or seed native riparian species, propagate native riparian plants, or control weeds in conjunction with a restoration project
  • Employ Integrated Pest Management
 
Wetland Process and Function
  • Manage Nutrient and Sediment Inputs: fence out livestock or develop alternative watering sites
  • Manage Vegetation: control weeds (in conjunction with a restoration project), or plant native wetland species
  • Restore Wetlands: excavate or remove fill, or eliminate drainage structures
  • Employ Integrated Pest Management
 
Upland Process and Function
  • Manage Erosion: terrace land, employ laser leveling, create windbreaks, install sediment basins, develop filter strips, manage mud (e.g., gravel high-use areas, develop paddocks), or reduce tillage
  • Manage Nutrient and Sediment Inputs: redirect effluent, cover manure storage areas where not required by permit, order, or enforcement action, or develop off-channel watering sites (e.g., develop springs, install water pumps, install wells)
  • Manage Vegetation: reduce fuel loads (e.g., prescribed burning, non-commercial thinning), control/remove juniper (except late-seral/old growth), plant or seed native upland species (or native beneficial mix), or control weeds (in conjunction with a restoration project)
  • Employ Integrated Pest Management
 
Water Quantity/Irrigation Efficiency
  • Recharge Groundwater: roof water harvesting
  • Implement Irrigation Practices: that result in decreased water use and in any of the following: measurable increased instream flow, increased groundwater level, or improved water quality (e.g., pipe existing ditch, install drip or sprinkler systems, install automated soil moisture monitors, or recover or eliminate tail water)

​Eligible projects would show:

    • Evidence of a water quality problem that will be addressed by the project (e.g., the project site is on a steep slope near a river or stream and current irrigation practices result in documented runoff from the site, and converting to sprinkler or drip will significantly reduce runoff) or,
    • Evidence that the project will measurably reduce the amount of water diverted from surface water for irrigation. At a minimum, provide information about the current level of water use on the project site, the estimate of water use after the project is completed, and the basis for that calculation.
    • Explain what will happen to saved water. (e.g., saved water will remain in reservoir or instream.)
    • Flow meter or other water measuring device installed (unless there is an existing flow meter).


 Road Impact Reduction
  • Decommission Roads
  • Improve Surface Drainage

 
Ineligible Small Grant Projects
The Small Grant Program will not fund projects that:
  • Do not demonstrate a clear watershed benefit to aquatic species, wildlife, or watershed health.
  • Are inconsistent with the local Small Grant Team’s priority watershed concerns.
  • Do not adhere to OWEB administrative rules.  
  • Do not use and clearly identify in the small grant application technical guidance and standards from one of the six approved sources.
  • Are at the same location as, and are identical to, projects that have already been funded, are currently being funded, or are currently being considered for funding through either the Small Grant Program or the OWEB Regular Grant Program.
  • Do not demonstrate 25-percent secured match funding.
 The following project types are ineligible for funding through the Small Grant Program:
  • Project planning and design not done in conjunction with the implementation of funded restoration or enhancement activities
  • Routine maintenance
  • Fish screens
  • Constructed stream bank armoring
  • Development of off-channel watering systems not done in conjunction with fencing a riparian area or managing nutrient and sediment inputs in upland areas
  • Pond cleaning and pond creation (does not include off-channel watering systems and pump-back systems)
  • Residential landscaping not done in conjunction with the implementation of funded riparian restoration or enhancement activities
  • Weed control not done in conjunction with the implementation of funded restoration or enhancement activities
  • Projects required as a condition of a local, state, or federal permit, order, or enforcement action (e.g., mitigation projects, manure storage and management projects that are required by a permit from ODA)
  • Irrigation practices that do not result in decreased water use and any of the following: measurable increased instream flow, increased groundwater level, or improved water quality
  • Irrigation water conservation projects that propose any of the following activities:
    • Irrigation system maintenance or renovation of existing pipe
    • Restoring a system that has deteriorated due to lack of maintenance  and/or inadequate design
    • Portable pipe (does not include gated pipe) or ditch cleaning
    • Electrical costs resulting from conversion to pump from flood irrigation
    • Western juniper management that involves the removal of late-seral/old growth juniper

 
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