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Water Project Grants and Loans


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In 2013, the Oregon Legislature approved Senate Bill 839 establishing the Water Supply Development Account to provide loans and grants for water development projects that have economic, environmental and social/cultural benefits. The Oregon Water Resources Department may award loans and grants to evaluate, plan and develop instream and out-of-stream water development projects approved by the Water Resources Commission. Grants will require a 25 percent cost-share match, which may include in-kind contributions.​

Eligible projects include: conservation, reuse, above-ground storage, below-ground storage, streamflow protection or restoration, water distribution, conveyance or delivery systems, and other water resource development projects that result in economic, environmental, and social/cultural public benefits.

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

Frequently Asked Questions​
Public Benefits Guidance

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Application Resources

Click here​ to access the application, application instructions, Guidance on the Evaluation of Public Benefits, and other resources.

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2017 Funding Cycle

Public Comment Opportunity

The Oregon Water Resources Department is inviting public comment on applications received for the 2017 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans.  The 2017 application deadline was April 5, 2017.  The Department received 32 complete applications requesting $36,887,701.

Public comments submitted on applications will be considered by the Technical Review Team (TRT).  The TRT will evaluate applications and make a funding recommendation to the Commission.  The Department will post the TRT funding recommendation for an additional public comment period.  The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is November 2017.

To access all applications, please click here.

To access application summaries, please click here.

Written comments on the applications will be accepted

until 5:00pm, June 29, 2017

 Please submit comments to:

Grant Program Coordinator                                                                                                          725 Summer Street NE, Suite A                                                                                               Salem, Oregon 97301                                                                                                           503.986.0869


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2016 Funded Projects

The Department solicited grant applications from August 28, 2015 through January 19, 2016. During that time the Department received thirty seven complete applications requesting $50,959,520 of project funding. A Technical Review Team (TRT) reviewed and evaluated each application based on eighteen public benefits in three categories: economic, environmental and social/cultural. The TRT ranking provided a basis for the funding recommendations made to the Water Resources Commission at their May 2016 meeting. For the 2016 Funding Cycle, the Commission funded the nine projects listed in the table below.  

​​Project Name​ ​Project Type ​County ​Funds Awarded ​Total Cost of Project
​Tumalo Feed Canal Conservation Phase 5 (PDF) ​Water Conservation ​Deschutes ​$1,299,968  ​$3,407,155 
​Highline C​anal Pipeline (PDF) ​Water C​onservation​ ​Hood River ​$566,299  ​$784,699 
​Kingsley Reservoir Expansion and Lowline Pipeline Project (PDF​) ​Storage/Water Conservation ​Hood River ​$3,000,000  ​$4,241,000 
​Sun Creek Restoration And Irrigation Efficiency (PDF) ​Flow Restor​​ation ​Kla​math ​$249,867  ​$552,734 
​Klamath East Side Water Recycling Project (PDF) ​Drainage Water Reuse ​Klamath ​$268,673  ​$358,231 
​Willow Creek Piping Irrigation Laterals (PDF) ​Water Conservation ​Malheur ​$500,355  ​$785,143 
​Beaver Creek Dam Fish Passage and Flow Restoration (PDF​) ​Municipal Water Supply ​Union ​$600,000  ​$1,125,700 
​Lostine River Conservation Project (PDF)​ ​Water Conservation ​Wallowa ​$1,488,718  ​$2,132,575 
​Mosier Deep Water Supply Well (PDF)​ ​New Groundwater Supply Development ​Wasco ​$917,238  ​$1,225,013 
Total ​$8,891,118 $14,612,250​
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Resources for Active Grants

Click h​ere​​ to access the Water Resources Development Program Forms and Guidance page for Water Project Grants and Loans reporting forms and other guidance for grant and loan recipients.​
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Contact Information

For questions or more information, please contact Jon Unger, Grant Program Coordinator at 503-986 0869 or Jon.J.Unger@oregon.gov 

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