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2009-2011 Biennial Report - Voluntary Restoration
Voluntary programs initiated at the local level to protect and enhance the quality and stability of watersheds are an important part of the Oregon Plan and bring added value to Oregon’s watershed restoration and habitat protection approach. The voluntary restoration work completed by private landowners – ranging from individuals to industries in rural and urban communities – allows Oregon to accomplish significant watershed, fish and wildlife habitat, and water quality results that cannot be achieved by governmental regulatory programs alone.

Local Partnerships
Under the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, landowners are often assisted by a local organization, either a watershed council or soil and water conservation district to improve management practices or implement restoration projects. Local government and other nonprofit organizations also work with landowners.
Between July 1, 2009, and December 20, 2010, watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts were the recipient of nearly 86 percent of OWEB’s competitive grant awards for assessment, monitoring, education and outreach, technical assistance, habitat protection, and on-the-ground restoration projects.
Watershed councils (WCs) are locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory groups established to improve the condition of watersheds in their local area. They are comprised of people from the local community who work across jurisdictional boundaries and across agency mandates to look at the watershed more holistically. Councils monitor and assess watershed conditions, provide learning opportunities, build community, leverage funding, and implement restoration projects. Funding is provided from OWEB to support council capacity to effectively engage the participation of private landowners and local communities. More information is available on the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils web site.
Soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are local government entities that provide the local link between state and federal programs and landowners. The SWCDs complement the work of watershed councils. Funding from OWEB is distributed through ODA to 45 SWCDs for conducting outreach and providing technical assistance to landowners. ODA Report on SWCD Activities [PDF].

Watershed Restoration Grants
Working Together  OWEB grants help Oregonians come together to restore watersheds and build stronger communities.
Economic Impacts of Forest and Watershed Restoration in Oregon Through its investment in watershed restoration, OWEB helps improve the ecological and economic health of Oregon’s communities.
OWEB Grant Program

2009-2011 Biennial Report Sections
2009-2011 Online Report Main Page
Executive Summary [PDF]
Agency Actions
Voluntary Restoration
Science Oversight
Basin Reports
Data Sources, Acronyms, and Credits [PDF]