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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.
​Press Release
OWEB's Board recently awarded 47 grants at their October 27-28 meeting. A press release and a list of grant awards are now available.

April 2015 Cycle Awards
The Board Awards​ are now available for the April 2015 Grant Cycle.

New Board Member
Join us in welcoming Rosemary Furfey to the OWEB Board!

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Upcoming Board Meetings
January 26-27 in McMinnville
April 26-27 in LaGrande
July26-27 in Lincoln City/Seaside
October 25-26 in North Bend/Ashland

Focused Investment Partnerships Program 
At its April 2015 meeting, the Board approved the Focused Investment Partnerships priorities and a revised solicitation process​ for Focused Investment Partnerships. The Focused Investments Partnerships Program​ is now soliciting applications. 
• Focused Investment Partnership Priorities
• ​Guidance for Developing a Strategic Action Plan

Long-Term Investment Strategy Direction
The OWEB Board's Long-Term Investment Strategy for Conservation include a Framework for Grant Investments (Operating Capacity, Open Solicitation, and Focused Investments) and a Long-Term Investment Strategy (LTIS) direction.
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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