OWEB seeks public comment on proposed rules for Outcome-Based Watershed Council Operating Capacity Grants (formerly Council Support Grants)
OWEB’s administrative rules for watershed council support grants were adopted in 2004. Since that time OWEB has held multiple listening sessions with stakeholders and worked with several stakeholder work groups to identify policy issues and process inefficiencies with OWEB’s council support grant program. The proposed rules establish process improvements and address long standing policy issues.
Changes under the proposed rules include:
Changing the name from Watershed Council Support Grants to Outcome-Based Watershed Council Operating Capacity Grants;
Changing eligibility requirements for who is eligible to apply for the grants;
Outlining the Board process for merit evaluation and the process for distribution of funds; and
Other minor changes.
The proposed rules also state that the Board will adopt guidance to accompany the rules. This guidance is available via OWEB’s website for comment before it is adopted by the Board. For the proposed guidance, frequently asked questions and additional information, click here.
The public comment period for the proposed rules begins on February 24, 2014 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2014.
To comment on the proposed rules, please send comments by email to Renee Davis-Born with the phrase “Comments on Council Capacity Rulemaking” in the subject line, or send written comments to:
775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360
Salem, Oregon 97301-1290
OWEB will hold six public hearings to receive comments regarding the proposed rules. Both oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearings.
March 4, 2014 12:30-3:30 pm Sunridge Inn, 1 Sunridge Lane, Baker City, OR
March 5, 2014 12:30-3:30 pm Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N Main St, Pendleton, OR
March 7, 2014 12:30-3:30 pm Riverbend Community Center, 799 SW Columbia, Bend, OR
March 10, 2014 12:30-3:30 pm Department of State Lands, Land Board Room, 775 Summer St. NE, Salem OR
March 12, 2014 12:30-3:30 pm ODOT, 100 Antelope Road, White City, OR
March 14, 2014 12:30-3:30 pm Bay City Hall, 5525 B Street, Bay City, OR
Question concerning the rules or this process may be directed to Courtney Shaff, or (503) 986-0046.
The services, programs and activities of the Board are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. To request special considerations to participate in these hearings, please contact the Board’s ADA coordinator, Brandi Elmer (503-986-0181) at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.