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Focused Investments & Policy
Overview
This section is responsible for OWEB’s Oregon Plan coordination role and the implementation of recovery plans for state and federally listed species. This section is also responsible for OWEB’s partnership investments, land and water acquisition grants, prioritization development, legislative support, administrative rules, policy development, and the Oregon Plan Biennial Report.
 
OWEB Policy
Mitigation Policy Guidance (PDF)
In 2004, the OWEB Board adopted an administrative rule that states: “The Board will not consider:  (3) A watershed improvement project constructed solely to comply with a state or federal agency enforcement order, legal judgment or mitigation requirement;…” (OAR 695-010-0040).  In 2009, the OWEB Board adopted policy guidance to further define and clarify the eligibility for projects under this rule. 

 
Environmental Cleanup Sites Policy Guidance (PDF)
Based on concerns that OWEB should not be viewed as the sole funder or strong funding source for mine cleanups, in 2011 the OWEB Board adopted general policy against funding activities at environmental cleanup sites. The limited exception to this policy is for high priority activities which will improve water quality and/or restore habitat of abandoned mines on private land and for which other funding is not available. Please download the PDF for a complete description of the policy and guidelines.  

 
Working with Oregon's Tribes
The 2001 Oregon Legislature enacted SB 770 (ORS 182.162-.168) formalizing the government-to-government relationship that exists between Oregon´s Indian tribes and the State of Oregon. The bill requires state agencies to develop and implement policies on tribal relations. Agency managers and others who communicate with the tribes are to be trained in tribal matters, participate in annual meetings and prepare annual reports.
 
The bill institutionalized the May 22, 1996 Executive Order EO-96-30 (PDF), which established a process to "assist in resolving potential conflicts, maximize key inter-governmental relations, and enhance an exchange of ideas and resources for the greater good of all of Oregon's citizens."
 
Provisions of the statute also include annual meetings, require 'key contact' designation, and encourage inter-governmental agreements.
 
Read OWEB's policy (PDF) that guides our government-to-government activities and issues.
 
The OWEB key contact on tribal matters is Renee Davis-Born, 503-986-0029, in Salem.
 
OWEB Information Security Plans and Policies
The statewide Information Security policy (#107-004-052), effective as of July 30, 2007, directs each state agency to establish a plan to initiate and control the implementation of information security within the agency and manage risk associated with information assets.  OWEB is currently developing and implementing its Information Security Plan and associated polices. 
 
Partnership Investments
OWEB continues to explore ways to make state funds go further by partnering with other public and private programs to achieve common outcomes and share the costs of implementing restoration efforts.  The following partnerships have been approved by the OWEB Board and have extended the reach of state Lottery funds.
 
Special Investment Partnerships
The OWEB Board has targeted long-term, large-scale restoration commitment to address specific ecological outcomes in specific locations, called Special Investment Partnerships (SIP).  The Board approved SIPs in the Deschutes and Willamette in 2008 (more).
 
Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
The goal of the Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is to enhance riparian and instream habitat and water quality in streams along agricultural lands.  Through CREP, agricultural landowners receive financial incentives to restore riparian forested buffers to streamside areas, benefiting fish, wildlife, and water quality (more).
 
Whole Watersheds Restoration Initiative
The Whole Watersheds Restoration Initiative is a partnership between OWEB and the U.S. Forest Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Ecotrust to identify priority basins and targeted watersheds to complete a series of restoration activities that address the critical needs in that watershed and allow for natural recovery (more). 
 
Special Studies
Read about the community, economic and social impacts of Oregon´s watershed councils (PDF).
 
Policy and Oregon Plan Links
Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
Administrative Rules
Agendas and Staff Reports
Acquisition Grants (Land and Water)
Biennial Reports