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  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
    This photo of Wallowa Valley was provided by Bruce Taylor. About Us
    The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitat in the places where they live. OWEB grants are funded from the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue. The agency is led by a 17 member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions.
Healthy Watershed Accomplishments Current Topics
Restoration and Job Creation
OWEB grants support the local economy. Research by the University of Oregon Ecosystem Workforce Program shows that every $1 million OWEB invests in clean water and habitat restoration creates 15-24 jobs.
 
Caring for Habitat
OWEB grants help Oregonians restore and improve fish and wildlife habitat.
Working Together 
OWEB grants help Oregonians come together to restore watersheds and build stronger communities.
Clean Water 
OWEB provides grants for Oregonians to take care of the streams, rivers and lakes across the state.
 
Unique Approach 
OWEB funding supports Oregon's cooperative, community-based approach to improve watershed health.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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October 20,2014 Grant Cycle
OWEB is accepting Restoration, Land Acquisition, Technical Assistance, Monitoring, and Outreach applications. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. These grants support voluntary efforts by Oregonians to protect and restore healthy watersheds, including actions in support of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and the Oregon Wildlife Conservation Strategy. ​ For more details, including contact information for each type of application, click here. Download Acquisition grant applications and instructions here. Access applications and instructions for Restoration, Technical Assistance, Monitoring, and Outreach grants on OGMS​​ . For OGMS questions, call Cyrus Curry at 503-986- 5371.

Announcing Board Approval of New Focused Investment Partnerships Program
A Focused Investment Partnership is an OWEB investment that:
•Addresses a Board-identified Focused Investment Priority of significance to the state;
•Achieves clear and measurable ecological outcomes;
•Uses integrated, results-oriented approaches as identified through a strategic action plan;
•​Is implemented by a high-performing partnership. 
Between August 2014 and April 2015, OWEB welcomes input as it develops Priorities​ for the Focused Investment Partnership program.

Transition to Outcome-Based Watershed Council Capacity Grants
The public comment period for watershed council capacity grant proposed rules and guidance has closed.  OWEB will propose new rules and guidance for Board adoption at the Board’s July 2014 meeting.  OWEB strongly encourages councils to review the rules and guidance to prepare for new eligibility and merit criteria as soon as possible. Links to draft rules, guidance and other materials are available here.
 
Welcome New Board Members!
Join us in welcoming our newest Board members: Randy Labbe, Stephen Brandt, John Roberts, and Cindy Deacon Williams. Please see our Board Members page for more details.
 
Board Meeting Schedule, 2014
January 28-29 in Portland​​​
April 29-30 in Bandon
July 29-30 in The Dalles
October 28-29 in Grants Pass
 
Streamlined Budget Categories for Grants in 2014
OWEB’s budget categories have changed for regular grant applications (after January 1, 2014) and small grants (July 1, 2014).  An overview of changes can be found here. Questions?  Email Cindy Silbernagel​ or call her at 503-986-0188.
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Long-Term Investment Strategy Direction
The OWEB Board adopted the framework and direction for its Long-Term Investment Strategy for Conservation. The framework and direction include a Framework for Grant Investments (Operating Capacity, Open Solicitation, and Focused Investments) and a Long-Term Investment Strategy direction.
Moving forward, OWEB’s current LTIS priorities are 1) define focused investments; 2) design effectiveness monitoring for focused investments, 3) explore a funder-to-funder outreach grant strategy with a goal of leveraging additional investment, 4) develop online applications and agreements to improve effectiveness and efficiency for grantees and OWEB staff, and 5) c​omplete the transition to outcome- based watershed council capacity grants, including rulemaking.​
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