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Overview

Across Oregon, every place has its water challenges that, if left unaddressed, may increase in the future. As recommended in Oregon’s 2012 Integrated Water Resources Strategy, the Water Resources Development Program seeks to help individuals and communities address instream and out-of-stream needs now and into the future. The program includes three components, which fit together as key steps in the water development process: Placed-Based Planning, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans. Feasibility Study Grants provide match funding for project planning studies performed to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, or storage projects. 

 
A feasibility study is an assessment of a proposed project. Feasibility Study Grants fund qualifying costs of studies that evaluate the feasibility of a proposed conservation, reuse, or storage project that appears to have merit but is lacking important details necessary to determine whether or not to proceed with implementation. The feasibility study focuses on helping to answer the essential question of, “should we proceed with the proposed project idea?” All activities of the study are directed toward helping answer this question. 
 
Click here for a printable handout on Feasibility Study Grants.

 
Click here​ to see the Administrative Rules pertaining to this program.
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Eligible Studies

Eligible studies include, but are not limited to the following:​
  • Analyses of hydrological refill capacity; 
  • Water needs analyses; 
  • Refined hydrological analyses; 
  • Engineering and financial feasibility studies; 
  • Geologic analyses; 
  • Water exchange studies; 
  • Analyses of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and the impact of a   proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project on those flows; 
  • Comparative analyses of alternative means of supplying water, including but not limited to the costs and benefits of conservation and efficiency alternatives and the extent to which long-term water supply needs may be met using those alternatives; 
  • Analyses of environmental harm or impacts from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project; 
  • Analyses of public benefits accruing from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project; 
  • Fiscal analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including estimated project costs, financing for the project and projected financial returns from the project; 
  • Hydrological analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including the anticipated effects of climate change on hydrological refill capacity; and 
  • Analyses of potential water quality impacts of the project.
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2017 Application Cycle

During the Water Resources Commission Meeting on May 11, 2017, the Commission awarded eight grants for $411,312. For more information please click here​.

 

To access all applications and funding recommendations, please click here.

To access evaluation summaries of the applications, please click here.​

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Application Resources

​Click here​ to access the application, application instructions, guidance on storage specific study requirements, and other resources.
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Resources for Active Grants

Quarterly Progress Report Form

Use this form when submitting quarterly reports.  Reports are due 30 days after the end of the quarter.

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Request for Release of Funds Form

Use this form when requesting funds for work that has been completed. For more details on what is allowable please refer to the Grant Budget Proceudres and Allowable Costs document.​

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Final Report Form

Use this form to submit with your Final Report. 

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Click here to access the Water Resources Development Program Forms and Guidance page for Feasibility Study Grant reporting forms and other guidance for grant and loan recipients.​​

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Active Grants

Click here​ for a list of grants awarded in the 2015-2017 biennium. 

 
Click here​ to access the Feasibility Study Grant reporting forms and other guidance for grant recipients on the Water Resources Development Program Forms and Guidance page. 
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2015-2017 Applications Received

2015-2017 First Grant Cycle - Applications Received

2015-2017 Second Grant Cycle - Applications Received​
 
2015-2017 Third Grant Cycle -  Applications Received
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Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact:
 
Kim Ogren
Water Resources Development Program Manager
​503-986-0873

To stay informed about funding opportunities and other program news, consider joining the Water Development mailing list.  To sign up, click here​​. 
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