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Conservation Effectiveness Partnership

The Conservation Effectiveness Partnership (CEP) has a mission to describe the effectiveness of cumulative conservation and restoration actions in achieving ecological outcomes through collaborative monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. CEP partners have agreed on goals and objectives for the partnership, with an emphasis on water quality and watershed health.

In addition to OWEB, agency partners in CEP are the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) provides technical advice to help the team evaluate fish habitat quality.

CEP identifies watersheds with significant agency investment and with specific water quality issues, and then engages with on-the-ground partners to identify specific questions about the effects of restoration investments on ecological outcomes. Please see a storymap overview of how the statewide partnership works with local partners to “tell the story". To date, CEP has completed focused work in 6 watersheds around the state, including Tillamook County’s Wilson River and Wasco County’s Fifteenmile Creek.

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