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Caring for Habitat
From ridgetop to riverbed, OWEB grants help Oregonians restore and improve habitat.
Local Projects
Between 1998 and 2008, OWEB and Oregonians have worked together to improve fish access on over 3,000 miles of streams and rivers. Over a half million acres have been protected or improved to benefit wildlife with the help of OWEB grants.
 
Free Flowing Rogue River
Grants of just over $5 million provided by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board helped remove 3 dams, supported the local economy and were important in securing Federal funds which paid the bulk of the costs associated with restoring this iconic river. (more)
 
Oregon Watershed Restoration
The Oregon Watershed Restoration Tool shows the locations of completed restoration projects in Oregon.  The tool also provides detailed information on the projects reported to the Oregon Watershed Restoration Inventory (OWRI).  The OWRI was established in 1995 to track completed restoration work in Oregon.  Except for projects funded by OWEB, all reporting to this database is voluntary.
 
A Decade of Improving Habitat Access for Fish - Interactive Viewer
Over the last decade (1998-2008), OWEB has found that fish passage improvement projects rank among the most numerous of the restoration actions implemented throughout the state.   The main objective for fish passage improvement is to re-connect fish to stream habitat that has been made inaccessible through road building activities and other land uses.  This restoration action can provide an almost immediate benefit to fish populations by expanding spawning and rearing areas, in many cases, at the completion of a project.  This viewer portrays stream habitat made accessible to salmon, in addition to other species of native fish and wildlife, after a decade of fish passage improvement actions, as reported to the OWRI (more).

Other Examples
Below are other examples of OWEB-funded efforts to restore and improve habitat.
 
Fish Passage Improvement Effectiveness Monitoring
Fish passage improvement projects re-connect fish to stream habitat that has been made inaccessible through road building activities and other land uses.  This restoration action can provide an almost immediate benefit to fish by expanding available spawning and rearing areas after the project is done.  In 2009, OWEB contracted with Duck Creek Associates, Inc. to monitor the effectiveness of 64 fish passage improvements in the South Coast and Rogue River basins.  Additional information, the Executive Summary, and Final Report are available (more).