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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.
April 2015 Grant Application Cycle
OWEB will be accepting applications for Restoration and Technical Assistance grants. Deadlines and application materials can be found here

October 2014 Cycle Evaluations and Funding
The evaluations and staff funding recommendations​ are now available for the October 2014 Grant Cycle.

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Upcoming Board Meetings
April 28-29, 2015, 8am to 5pm
  Mission Mill Dye House, 1313 Mill St SE, Salem 97301
July 28-29, 2015 in Prineville
October 27-28 in John Day

Focused Investment Partnerships Program
At its October 2014 meeting, the Board approved the Focused Investment Partnerships grant solicitation process and a funding cap for Focused Investment Capacity-Building grants of $150,000.
Between August 2014 and April 2015, OWEB welcomes input as it develops Priorities​ for the Focused Investment Partnership program.The priority-setting process is in full swing as OWEB received more than forty submissions for input on Priorities this October.

Welcome New Board Members!
Join us in welcoming our newest Board member Ron Alvarado.​ Please see our Board Members page for more details.

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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