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Water Resources Development Program


2018 Feasibility Study Grants Applications
Due by 5:00 pm on October 17, 2018
Click here to download the 2018 application, 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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2018 Funding Cycle

Public Comment Opportunity
The Oregon Water Resources Department invites public comment on applications received for the 2018 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans. The 2018 application deadline was April 25, 2018. The Department received eighteen complete grant applications and one complete loan application requesting a total of $15,998,829 in funding.
The Technical Review Team (TRT) will consider public comments submitted in their evaluation of applications. The TRT will evaluate applications and make a funding recommendation to the Commission. The Department will post the TRT funding recommendation for an additional public comment period. The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is November 2018.
To access all applications, please click here. 
Written comments on the applications will be accepted
until 5:00pm, July 20, 2018
Please submit comments to:
Grant Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, Oregon 97301
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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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