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Special Investment Partnerships (SIP)

Fish passage barrier in
Crooked River near Prineville.
Beginning in 2008, the OWEB Board targeted several long-term, large-scale restoration commitments to address explicit ecological outcomes in specific locations - the Deschutes, the Willamette, and the Upper Klamath. 
Special Investment Partnership, or SIP, efforts are currently limited to these three areas and meet the following criteria:
  1. Significant ecological benefits - of regional significance and locally supported - can be reasonably achieved from the investment. 

  3. Funding from OWEB is crucial for the effort to succeed by bringing in other funders and maintaining momentum for implementation.

  5. Strong partnerships are committed to long-term ecological outcomes and have the relationships necessary to obtain them.

  7. The effort is embedded in the economy and is part of the local custom and culture.

  9. The outcome is significant enough to capture the imagination and raise awareness outside the local community.

  11. The background work, including planning, partnership building, and funding exploration, has been completed and the partners are capable of raising the level of implementation.


Focused Investments

As defined, SIPs are one example of a Focused Investment. During 2013 and 2014, the Board is working with a range of implementers and other funders to develop a definition, specific criteria, and a solicitation process for Focused Investments. A solicitation is expected in 2015.

Established SIPs

Background information about each SIP is provided in the links below. 

Upper Deschutes 

Upper Klamath
Willamette Basin

For more information contact Meta Loftsgaarden, OWEB (503) 986-0203 or meta.loftsgaarden@state.or.us.