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Water Resources Development Program

Overview

The Water Resources Development Program helps Oregonians address instream and out-of-stream water supply needs now and into the future. The Program includes funding opportunities and other resources through three program components: Planning Grants, Feasibility Study Grants, and Water Project Grants and Loans.

Updates & Announcements

Water Project Grants and Loans

The Department invites written public comment on applications received for the 2019 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans. The deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m., July 16, 2019.

Learn more about the Applications Recieved for the Water Projects Grants and Loans, 2019 Funding Cycle.

Access the Water Project Grants and Loans, Project Summaries - 2019 Funding Cycle

Feasibility Study Grants

The Department received eight complete Feasibility Study Grant applications requesting $810,773 for the current funding cycle. Feasibility Study Grants provide funding for qualifying costs of project planning studies that evaluate the feasibility of developing a water conservation, reuse, or storage project.

Public Comment Opportunity

The Oregon Water Resources Department invites written public comment on applications received for the 2019 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans. The 2019 application deadline was April 26, 2019. The Department received fourteen complete grant applications requesting a total of $12,341,262 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 2019. he 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 2019.

Learn more about the Applications Received for the Water Projects Grants and Loans, 2019 Funding Cycle.

Access the Water Project Grants and Loans, Project Summaries - 2019 Funding Cycle

Written comments on the applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., July 16, 2019.

Please submit comments to: WRD_DL_waterprojects@oregon.gov

or:

Grant Program Coordinator
725 Summer Street NE, Suite A
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-986-0869

Planning Grants

The Department is a funding partner in four places that are taking a collaborative, integrated approach to water planning. There is no funding currently available to support new water planning efforts.  

Learn more about Planning Grants

Feasibility Study Grants

Feasibility Study Grants reimburse up to 50 percent of the costs of studies to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse, and storage projects. This competitive funding opportunity helps individuals and communities investigate whether a proposed project idea is actually feasible and worth pursuing. Grants are offered on an annual basis, with applications due each fall. As of August 1, 2018 $2.5 million is available for grants.

The Department received eight complete applications requesting $810,773 for grant funding. A multi-agency team reviewed each application and made funding recommendations. After reviewing public comments, the department will make funding recommendations for consideration and approval by the Water Resources Commission. The tentative date for the Commission to make its funding decision is at the June 2019 Commission meeting.

Learn more about Feasibility Study Grants

Water Project Grants & Loans

Water Project Grants and Loans provides funding for projects that will help Oregon meet its instream and out-of-stream water supply needs and produce economic, environmental, and social/cultural benefits. This competitive funding opportunity is meant for implementation-ready projects. Grants and loans are offered on an annual basis, with the applications due each spring.  As of May 2019 approximately $11 million is available for grants or loans.

Learn more about Water Project Grants & Loans

For more information contact:
Kim Ogren 503-986-0873

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