OWRI Online Reporting Tool
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- Web application maintains current OWRI data collection standards (eliminates issues from using outdated forms)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 on 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.
The OWRI encourages reporting of all watershed restoration projects, not just OWEB funded projects. The OWRI relies heavily on voluntary reporting and contains projects with various private and public funding sources.
Watershed restoration projects included in this inventory must be:
- activities designed to restore aquatic, riparian, estuarine, wetland, upland, or overall watershed conditions or functions.
- completed or completed phases of projects; do not report planned projects.
- activities above and beyond normal maintenance or management procedures in cases such as road and culvert improvements, erosion control, and so on.
See the Oregon Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Guide for descriptions of restoration treatments.
Please review the "Defining your Project" guidance to understand how OWRI defines projects. In most instances, a project should be reported as one site or one landowner.
If the project includes more than one landowner and the project could be reported as separate spatially discreet locations and treatments, please report each landowner's project as a separate OWRI project. For example, if one OWEB grant paid for multiple work sites, each work site should be reported separately in OWRI.
Restoration projects vary widely in size of planning area, types of restoration techniques used, cost, number and types of participants, and so on. The OWRI uses a broad definition of “project” to ensure that all restoration efforts are included in the inventory. A restoration project is characterized by a spatially discreet planning area (i.e., a single stream reach, several reaches along a stream and adjacent riparian zones, an entire subbasin, etc.) whose planning effort is by and large distinct from other planning efforts. Several projects may also be nested within a larger planning effort. A project must have intended instream habitat, fish passage, or water quality benefits, and must be an effort above and beyond maintenance or management procedures in cases such as road and culvert improvements, or erosion control.
If the project includes more than one landowner and the project could be reported as separate, spatially discreet locations and treatments, please report each landowner’s project as a separate project. If the project includes more than one landowner and the same treatment was applied along adjacent stream reaches, one OWRI submission can include multiple landowners.
If the project covers a large geographic area and occurs in multiple subbasins, work in each subbasin must be reported as a separate project (e.g. summarize treatments such as upland weed control in a geographic area no larger than an 8-digit HUC).
Some projects are required to be reported under specific grant agreements or state or federal permits. An OWRI submission is required for projects funded by OWEB and ODFW Restoration & Enhancement grant programs (consult the grant agreement if you are unsure whether to report). Completed projects under DSL Wetland permits and DSL Large Wood and Boulder Placement permits are also required to be reported to OWRI.
Although we accept submissions throughout the year, please complete reporting of projects implemented in a given year to OWRI by March 31 of the following year. If the project used OWEB grant funds, consult the grant agreement for the reporting deadline.
Project Location Map Guidance
A project location map is required with your OWRI submission. Note: The following mapping guidance applies to all OWRI projects reported using the OWRI Online Reporting Tool. Please use the new upload feature within the tool to submit a project map. Additional guidance on uploading a map is provided on OWRIO's upload file page.
To complement the online reporting of OWRI, OWEB suggests using an online tool for creating a project location map. In an attempt to standardize the map products received by OWEB for OWRI projects, we have created mapping guidance documents.