Notice of Rulemaking
OWEB seeks public comment on proposed rule amendments for Technical Assistance Grants.
Secretary of State Notice of Proposed Rulemaking including Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact
OWEB Technical Assistance grants support resource assessment and planning, technical design and engineering, and organizational technical assistance activities that are necessary for carrying out restoration and acquisition projects that: 1) protect or restore native fish or wildlife habitat or 2) protect or restore natural watershed or ecosystem functions in order to improve water quality or stream flows.
The proposed Technical Assistance Grants administrative rules include:
- Definitions for technical assistance grant categories;
- Eligibility and application requirements for Technical Assistance grants;
- Evaluation criteria for technical design and engineering, resource assessment and planning, and organizational technical assistance grant applications;
- The technical review process for both grant applications that require the OWEB Board to make a funding decision, and grant applications seeking grant funds that have been delegated by the OWEB Board to the Executive Director;
- The staff funding recommendation process for both grant applications that require the OWEB Board to make a funding decision, and grant applications seeking grant funds that have been delegated by the OWEB Board to the Executive Director; and
- The funding decision process for both grant applications that require the OWEB Board to make a funding decision, and grant applications seeking grant funds that have been delegated by the OWEB Board to the Executive Director.
The public comment period for the proposed rules begins on May 1, 2018 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2018. To comment on the proposed rules, please send comments by email to Eric Hartstein with the phrase “Comments on Technical Assistance Proposed Rules” in the subject line, or send written comments to Eric Hartstein at OWEB, 775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360, Salem, OR 97301-1290.
OWEB will hold a public hearing on May 22, 2018 at 11:00am at the Department of State Lands, Mill Creek Room, 775 Summer St. NE, Salem to receive comments regarding the proposed rule amendments. Both oral and written comments will be accepted at the hearing.
The services, programs, and activities of the Board are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. To request special considerations to participate in these hearings, please contact the Board’s ADA coordinator, Darika Barnes (503-986-0181), at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.
Oregon Revised Statutes Complete Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) on the State Legislature website. ORS pertaining to OWEB begin at 541.890 and continue through 541.972.
Documents for each topic are found in the Documents section of this page.
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
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.
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 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.
The OWEB key contact on tribal matters is Ken Fetcho, 503-986-0035.
Information, Security Plans, and Policy
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.
Please direct questions and comments to Eric Hartstein, (503) 986-0029.