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Administrative Rules, Statutes, and Policy

Administrative Rules

View complete copies of the Administrative Rules for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (on the Secretary of State Web site).

​Temporary Administrative Rules

No temporary administrative rules are currently in effect.

Proposed Rules for Stakeholder Engagement Grants

Ballot Measure 76 requires that outreach grants be “necessary for carrying out” eligible restoration or acquisition projects. OWEB staff convened a work group comprised of grantees and stakeholders to discuss eligible outreach activities and begin developing a revised outreach application. The same work group served as a Rules Advisory Committee for the agency to develop draft rules associated with the revised application process.​

Proposed Rules for Stakeholder Engagement Grants​ (PDF)

Changes under the proposed rules include:

  • changing the name from Education and Outreach Grants to Stakeholder Engagement Grants;
  • removing projects with a primary purpose of education​ from eligibility;
  • clarifying that funds must be used for outreach activities necessary for carrying out eligible restoration or acquisition projects;
  • modifying evaluation criteria;
  • describing the regional review, staff funding recommendation, and board funding decision processes; and
  • providing grant agreement conditions.

Report to the Board

At its July 2017 meeting, the Board heard a staff report regarding the proposed rules and public comment received.

Additio​nal Information

Comment Period

OWEB sought public comment on proposed rules for Stakeholder Engagement Grants (formerly Education and Outreach Grants) throughout the month of June 2017.

Public Hearings

OWEB held two public hearings in June 2017 to receive comments regarding the proposed rules.


Question concerning the rules or this process may be directed to Eric Williams, or (503) 986-0047.


View complete copies of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board on the Oregon State Legislature website. ORS pertaining to OWEB begin at 541.890 and continue through 541.972.

Some of OWEB's statutes were amended by Senate Bill 342 during the 2011 legislative session. Please refer to Chapter 643 of Oregon Laws 2011 for those amendments.

Chapter 643 of Oregon Laws 2011



In 2004, the OWEB Board adopted an administrative rule that states: “The Board will not consider: (3) A watershed improvement project constructed solely to comply with a state or federal agency enforcement order, legal judgment or mitigation requirement;…” (OAR 695-010-0040). In 2009, the OWEB Board adopted policy guidance to further define and clarify the eligibility for projects under this rule.

Mitigation Policy Guidance (PDF)

Environmental Cleanup Sites

Based on concerns that OWEB should not be viewed as the sole funder or strong funding source for mine cleanups, in 2011 the OWEB Board adopted general policy against funding activities at environmental cleanup sites. The limited exception to this policy is for high priority activities which will improve water quality and/or restore habitat of abandoned mines on private land and for which other funding is not available. Please download the PDF for a complete description of the policy and guidelines.

Environmental Cleanup Sites Policy Guidance (PDF)

Working with Oregon's Tribes

The 2001 Oregon Legislature enacted SB 770 (ORS 182.162-.168) formalizing the government-to-government relationship that exists between Oregon´s Indian tribes and the State of Oregon. The bill requires state agencies to develop and implement policies on tribal relations. Agency managers and others who communicate with the tribes are to be trained in tribal matters, participate in annual meetings and prepare annual reports.

The bill institutionalized the May 22, 1996 Executive Order EO-96-30 (PDF), which established a process to "assist in resolving potential conflicts, maximize key inter-governmental relations, and enhance an exchange of ideas and resources for the greater good of all of Oregon's citizens." Provisions of the statute also include annual meetings, require 'key contact' designation, and encourage inter-governmental agreements.

Government-to-Government Activities and Issues Policy Guidance (PDF)

The OWEB key contact on tribal matters is Ken Fetcho, 503-986-0035.

OWEB Information Security Plans and Policies

The statewide Information Security policy (#107-004-052), effective as of July 30, 2007, directs each state agency to establish a plan to initiate and control the implementation of information security within the agency and manage risk associated with information assets. OWEB is currently developing and implementing its Information Security Plan and associated polices.


Please direct general questions about Rules, Statutes, and Policy to Eric Harstein at (503) 986-0029.​