What is the Oregon Watershed Restoration Inventory?
The Oregon Watershed Restoration Inventory (OWRI) originated at the onset of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds to track Oregonians’ voluntary efforts to restore habitats for salmon and wildlife. While the database is managed by OWEB and contains information about grants funded by OWEB, the majority of the OWRI entries represent voluntary actions of private citizens and landowners who have worked in partnership with federal, state, and local groups to improve aquatic habitat and water quality conditions. OWRI is the single largest restoration information database in the Western United States with over 17,000 completed projects reported since 1995.
You are invited to submit data of your watershed restoration accomplishments. To be included in the inventory, watershed restoration projects must be:
- Activities designed to restore aquatic, riparian, estuarine, wetland, upland, or overall watershed conditions or functions
- Completed projects or a completed phase of a project
- Activities above and beyond normal maintenance and management procedures in cases such as road and culvert improvements, erosion control, etc.
How OWRI information is used:
- To report Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watershed accomplishments
- To support effectiveness monitoring of restoration activities
- To inform watershed assessments and future restoration project planning and prioritization
Report a Project to OWRI
OWRI Reporting is 100% Online
The OWRI Online Reporting tool (OWRIO), publicly released on March 15, 2011, replaced other methods* of submitting data.
Benefits to using OWRIO include:
- Save time, paper, and postage
- Enter data at one sitting or over many sessions
- Share project reporting with another user
- Web application maintains current OWRI data collection standards (eliminates issues from using outdated forms)
- 'Verify Project' feature ensures that required data are entered
- 'Clone Project' feature allows data to be copied and then modified for use in another project
- 'Upload Map' feature provides easy upload and viewing capabilities (no need to email a map)
- View data at any time, including current and past projects and reports from other users (upon request)
- View the project submission status
OWRI Online Reporting Tool
*Adobe submission form and hard-copy forms are no longer being accepted.
Each project submitted to the OWRI is reviewed by OWEB staff. Submissions by OWEB grantees are anticipated to be reviewed on a weekly basis. You will be contacted if OWEB staff requires clarification about your submission.
More OWRI information, including:
- which projects to report
- who is required to report
- the deadline for reporting
- instructions including mapping guidance
Get Data from OWRI
You may access OWRI data in several ways:
- Tables/GIS Data: The Oregon Explorer makes MS Access and MS Excel versions of the OWRI database and data dictionary available through a partnership with the Institute for Natural Resources and Oregon State University Libraries. In addition, shapefiles and a geodatabase are available for download. Access OWRI data on Oregon Explorer.
- Maps: The Oregon Watershed Restoration Tool on Oregon Explorer was created to show the locations and information about OWRI projects. Launch the Oregon Watershed Restoration Tool.
- Related Reports and Databases: OWRI data are included in summary reports and online resources about watershed restoration. These include:
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in these reports and online resources may be synthesized in a way to reflect only a portion of the OWRI data. These resources may also reflect previous versions of the OWRI database and may not include newer data. To confirm that you have the most current version of the OWRI database, contact Bobbi Riggers, OWRI Data Coordinator, at 503-986-0059.
Bobbi Riggers, OWRI Data Coordinator