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Public Comment Sought
2013-15 Water Conservation, Reuse  & Storage Grant Requests

The Oregon Water Resources Department is seeking public comment on applications received by the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant program.  The Grant Program, established by Senate Bill 1069 (2008), is designed to fund the qualifying costs of planning studies that evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, re-use or storage projects.

The Department solicited for grant applications from August 15 through November 1, 2013.  Nine applications were received that requested over $880,000 for project funding.  However, due to the limited funds available, the Water Resources Commission will be unable to fully fund all the applications.

A multi-agency team reviewed and scored each application using criteria established by administrative rule.  All the applications had components that were considered to be of merit for funding from the grant program.  The review team efforts resulted in the funding priority list below.

The public is invited to review and comment on the applications and review team recommendations.  Information on how to access each application is provided below:

For a summary of all the applications, please click here.
Please follow the links below to view full applications.

Entity ​Project Type ​Average Score Funding Priority
City_of_Newport ​Storage 84​ H​
​Central Oregon Irrigation District ​Conservation 84​ H​
Fifteenmile Watershed Council ​Storage 81​ ​H
Irrigation Canal Co. & Union SWCD ​Conservation ​77 M​
Walla Wall Basin Watershed Council(AR) ​Storage 76​ M​
Walla Walla WC Columbia River Exchange ​Storage 74​ M​
​East Valley Water District ​Storage 74 M​
Benton County/City of Corvallis/OSU Reuse 72​ M​
City of Halfway Reuse 67 L​
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​Department staff will make final funding recommendations to the Water Resources Commission after public comments have been received.  The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is March, 2014.

Written comments on these applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., January 3, 2014.

Please submit comments to Nancy Pustis at:
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, Oregon 97301