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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 $1,000,000 OWEB invests in clean water and habitat restoration creates 15-24 jobs.

Read about Economic Impacts

Caring for Habitat
OWEB grants help Oregonians restore and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Use an Interactive Map of Oregon Plan Restoration

Working Together 
OWEB grants help Oregonians come together to restore watersheds and build stronger communities.

Explore the Distribution of OWEB Funding with a Mapping Tool

Learn about Focused Investment Partnerships

Clean Water 
OWEB provides grants for Oregonians to take care of the streams, rivers and lakes across the state.

Learn about the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Learn about Livestock Exclusion Monitoring Projects

Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds (OPSW)
Salmon are important to Oregonians for cultural, economic, and recreational reasons.They are also important indicators of watershed health.

Read the 2015-17 OPSW Biennial Report

Read the 2015-17 OPSW Executive Summary

Visit the OPSW Website

Unique App​roach
OWEB funding supports Oregon's cooperative, community-based approach to improve watershed health.

Learn about Ecosystem Services Coordination

Read about Oregon's Approach to Healthy Watersheds

New Website Coming Soon

OWEB's redesigned website will launch March 27 after 5pm. Please see the full announcement and view a video​ that overviews the structure and features.

Small Grant Program Proposed Rule Amendments

The public comment period for the proposed rules​ will close at 5:00 p.m. on March 30, 2018. Please email comments to Eric Hartstein​ or send written comments to Eric Hartstein at OWEB, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360, Salem, OR 97301-1290.

Spring 2018 Grant Offering Open

Now Accepting Restoration, Technical Assistance (TA), Stakeholder Engagement, and Land Acquisition TA Applications. Grant applications are due May 7, 2018 by 5:00 pm via OWEB's online grant application.

Now Scheduling Implementation FIP Consultations

Any partnership interesting in applying for an Implementation Focused Investment Partnership (FIP) grant must participate in a pre-application consultation, March 1 - April 30Please see the full announcement​.

Now Accepting Pre-Proposal Applications for the Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat

On behalf of funding partners Bonneville Power Administration and Meyer Memorial Trust’s Willamette River Initiative (WRI), OWEB is pleased to announce the 2018 grant cycle for Willamette Mainstem Anchor Habitat Investments. Please see the 2018 materials under "FIP Implementation Applications." Pre-proposal applications due April 13 by 5:00 pm.

April 24-25, 2018 Board Meeting in Frenchglen


Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program (OAHP)

Visit the OAHP webpage to learn about this newly established program to provide incentives to farmers and ranchers to enhance natural resources on agricultural lands.

New Mini Training Videos!

See our Grant Management Help page​, or visit our YouTube training playlist for all available videos.

Strategic Planning

The Board is in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan.

Insurance Requirements for Grantees

View documents​

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

View LTIS Documents​

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