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2009 Grant Program Update
2009 Grant Program Update
2009 Grant Program Update

2009 Program Update
 
The Grant Program is continuing to work with and provide money to grantees that received awards in 2008.  However, the Legislature did not provide funding for additional grants during the 2009 – 2011 biennium.
 

 
Background 
 
Oregon is facing increasing water demand and increasingly scarce water supplies.  To adequately meet Oregon’s diverse water demands now and into the future, Oregonians must use their water wisely and efficiently.  That means looking more closely at innovative water conservation and reuse programs and environmentally sound storage projects that capture available water so it can be put to good use when needed.
 
Across the state, there are numerous potential water supply projects that are not pursued because a lack of funds necessary to cover the up-front costs presents a considerable and often insurmountable barrier.  “Up-front costs” may include hundreds of thousands of dollars to conduct the numerous feasibility studies and environmental analyses required before a project can begin.  To meet this challenge, in 2008 the Oregon Legislature established the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program to be administered by Oregon Water Resources Department.
 
 
Overview
 
The Oregon Water Resources Department has $1.6 million available for funding under the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program (Program).  The Program provides match funding for project planning studies performed to evaluate the feasibility of developing a water conservation, reuse or storage project.  These funds are available on a competitive basis to a local government, an Indian tribe, or a person.
 
The Department will award up to $500,000 for each project selected for funding.  This level of funding reflects the per project grant limitation established by law in SB 1069 (Chapter 13, 2008 Laws).  Funding recipients will be required to demonstrate funding from another source that is not less than a dollar-for-dollar match of the amount of Program funding requested (i.e., at least $100,000 from another source to match the $100,000 in Program funds requested). To be considered for funding, applications must be received at the Department’s Salem office by September 2, 2008.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications prior to the September 2, 2008 deadline.
 
 
Eligibility
 
A local government as defined in ORS 174.116, an Indian tribe as defined in ORS 391.802, or a person as defined in ORS 536.007 are eligible to apply for and receive Program funding.
 
Local government” means all cities, counties and local service districts located in this state, and all administrative subdivisions of those cities, counties and local service districts.  ORS 174.116.
 
“Indian tribe” means a federally recognized Indian tribe in Oregon that has members residing on a reservation or tribal trust lands in Oregon.  ORS 391.802.
 
“Person” includes individuals, corporations, associations, firms, partnerships, joint stock companies, public and municipal corporations, political subdivisions, the state and any agencies thereof, and the federal government and any agencies thereof.  ORS 536.007.
 
To be eligible for funding -- applicants must clearly demonstrate funding from a source other than the Program of not less than a dollar-for-dollar match.  For example, if $100,000 is requested in Program Funds, then there must be a match of at least $100,000 from another source.  The matching funds must be secured or in the process of being secured.
 
To be eligible for funding -- for a project planning study associated with a proposed storage project that would: a) Impound surface water on a perennial stream; b) Divert water from a stream that supports sensitive, threatened or endangered fish; or c) Divert more than 500 acre-feet of surface water annually, the proposed project planning study must contain the following elements
 
  • Analyses of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and the impact of the 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 the proposed storage project;
  • Evaluation of the need for and feasibility of using stored water to augment in-stream flows to conserve, maintain and enhance aquatic life, fish life and any other ecological values; and
  • For a proposed storage project that is for municipal use, analysis of local and regional water demand and the proposed storage project’s relationship to existing and planned water supply projects.

 
Eligible Project Planning Studies
 
Project planning studies eligible for funding under the Program may include:
(a) Analyses of hydrological refill capacity;
(b) Water needs analyses;
(c) Refined hydrological analyses;
(d) Engineering and financial feasibility studies;
(e) Geologic analyses;
(f) Water exchange studies;
(g) 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;
(h) 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;
(i) Analyses of environmental harm or impacts from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project;
(j) Analyses of public benefits accruing from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project;
(k) 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;
(l) Hydrological analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including the anticipated effects of climate change on hydrological refill capacity; and
(m) Analyses of potential water quality impacts of the project.
 
If an application concerns a project planning study associated with a proposed storage project that would impound surface water on a perennial stream or divert water from a stream that supports sensitive, threatened or endangered fish or divert more than 500 acre-feet of surface water annually; the project planning study must contain the following elements:
(a) Analyses of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and the impact of the storage project on those flows;
(b) 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;
(c) Analyses of environmental harm or impacts from the proposed storage project;  
(d) Evaluation of the need for and feasibility of using stored water to augment instream flows to conserve, maintain and enhance aquatic life, fish life and any other ecological values; and
(e) For a proposed storage project that is for municipal use, analysis of local and regional water demand and the proposed storage projects relationship to existing and planned water supply projects.