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Water Resources Development Program


2018 Water Project Grants and Loans Applications 
Due by 5:00pm on April 25, 2018

2018 Feasibility Study grants Applications
Due by 5:00pm on October, 17, 2018

Updated Application Materials Available
Click here​ to download the 2018 applications, instructions, and other important documents.​
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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. 

The Program implements a number of recommended actions from Oregon's 2017 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 supply needs and benefit the public.

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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 interests 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 provides a 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 feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects. 

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Water Project Grants & Loans

The Water Project Grants & Loans 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.

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​Available Funding

The Department received funds for feasibility studies, and implementation of water projects for the 2017-2019 biennium. Available funding is listed in the table below.  
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)
​No new funding allocated ​~$2.5 million in grants ​~$13.8 million in grants or loans
Cost-Share ​≥25% recommended
​50% required
​25% required for grants and loans
​Applications Due ​No available funding - not accepting
​ October 17, 2018 April 25, 2018

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Applications and Other Forms

Click here​ for forms and guidance related to the financial assistance offered by the Water Resources Development Program, including funding applications and application instructions, as well as forms for grantees and loan recipients.
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Contact and List Serve

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

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