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Unique Approach
Oregon‘s approach to watershed health is collaborative, statewide and voluntary. Oregon‘s approach focuses on local partnerships and voluntary actions, and builds on what Oregonians are already doing that is good for water, people and wildlife. 
 
OWEB operates a grant program that helps Oregonians restore and protect rivers and wetlands – providing clean water and healthy habitat for native fish, wildlife and people.  OWEB provides grants to local watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, land trusts, tribes, government agencies, and other organizations to do good work.
 
Watershed councils are locally organized, voluntary groups established to improve the condition of watersheds in their local area. They are comprised of people from the local community and they monitor and assess watershed conditions, provide learning opportunities, build community, leverage funding, and implement restoration projects (more). 
 
Soil and water conservation districts are local government entities that provide the local link between state and federal conservation programs and landowners (more).

Examples of Oregon's Approach
Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
Oregonbegan developing the Oregon Plan in 1995 to address water quality, watershed health, and native salmon populations. This effort combines the regulatory programs of state and federal agencies and local governments with voluntary watershed restoration actions by private landowners and others. Over the years, solutions have been achieved by building partnerships between government agencies, tribes, watershed councils, soil and water conservation districts, non-profit organizations, landowners, and citizens (more).
 
Oregon Plan Biennial Report 2009-2011
For additional Oregon Plan Biennial Reports, click here.
 
Ecosystem Services Coordination
Natural ecosystems provide life-support services such as clean water and fresh air. An ecosystem services market is a system where providers of ecosystem services can access financing to protect, restore and maintain natural ecosystems. Learn about ecosystem services initiatives supported by OWEB, including implementation of SB 513 and the Ecosystem Services Working Group (more).

OWEB Funding Programs
Below are examples of OWEB programs that provide funding for Oregon’s approach.
 
OWEB Grant Program
OWEB accepts grant applications in April and October for restoration, acquisition, technical assistance, monitoring, and education and outreach projects (more). 
 
Small Grant Program
The Small Grant Program is an easy-to-engage-in, locally organized, competitive grant program that awards funds of up to $10,000 for on-the-ground restoration projects (more).
 
OWEB Special Investment Partnerships
The OWEB Board has targeted long-term, large-scale restoration commitments to address explicit ecological outcomes in specific locations through Special Investment Partnerships (more).