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Water Resources Development Program


New application materials are available for Water Project Grants and Loans

Water Project Grants and Loans applications due by 5pm, April 5, 2017

Application summaries posted for Feasibility Study Grants

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Program Overview

​​​The Water Resources Development Program seeks to help individuals and communities address instream and out-of-stream water needs now and into the future, including water quantity, water qual​ity, and ecosystem needs. 

The Program implements a number of recommended actions from Oregon's 2012 Integrated Water Resources Strategy, including supporting integrated water resources planning at the local level, investing in feasibility studies to explore the practicality of water projects, as well as offering funding to implement projects that address water needs and benefit the public.

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The Water Resources Development Program includes three components, which fit together as key steps in the water development process: Place-Based Planning, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans​.

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Program Components

​Place-Based Integrated Water Resources Planning

Place-based planning is a voluntary, locally initiated and led effort in which a balanced representation of water itnerests within a basin or watershed work in partnership with the state to: characterize current water resources and issues (water quantity, quality, and ecological issues), understand current and future instream and out-of-stream water needs, identify and prioritize strategic solutions to meet water needs, and develop a place-based integrated water resources plan that informs the state-wide strategy and providesa path forward for meeting the basin's water needs.

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Feasibility Study Grants

A feasibility study is an assessment of the practicality of a proposed project or plan and can be used to determine if and how a project should proceed to implementation. These grants cover up to 50 percent of the costs of studies to evaluate the feasiblity of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects. The next application cycle will close in October 2017. Applications are accepted year-round. 

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Water Project Grants & Loans

This funding opportunity allows the state to provide grants and loans to evaluate, plan and implement instream and out-of-stream water projects that have economic, environmental and social/cultural benefits. 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. The next application cycle will close at 5pm on April 5, 2017. 

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​Available Funding

The Department received funds for planning, feasibility studies, and implementation of water projects for the 2015-2017 biennium.  Available funding is listed in the table below.  

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Place-Based Planning​​ Feasibility Studies Wat​er Projects
Authoriz​ation ​2015- Place-Based
Pla​nning (SB 266)
​2008 – Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program (SB 1069) ​2013 – Water Supply Development Account (SB 839)
​$7​50,000 in grants ​$2.8 million in grants ​$14 million in grants or loans
​2015-2017 Awards ​$750,000
(none remaining)
​​~$1.8 million
(~$1 million remaining)
​~$8.9 million
(~$5.1 million remaining)
Cost-Share ​≥25% recommended
​50% required
​25% required for grants
​Applications Due ​Not accepting
​ October 2017 April 5, 2017

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Contact and List Serve

For questions or more information, please contact Kim Ogren, Senior Water Resources Development Advisor, 503-986-0873. 

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