Partnership Award: Oregon Tide Gate Partnership
Along Oregon's coast, more than 1,000 tide gates protect fields, roads, and other areas from flooding while allowing salmon and other fish to migrate. However, tide gates that no longer work properly can impact wildlife and infrastructure. The Oregon Tide Gate Partnership has been collaborating since 2017 to address Oregon's aging tide gates.
The Partnership is comprised of stakeholders representing diverse interests, including coastal counties, watershed boards, conservation groups, farming and ranching associations, Tribes, and federal and state agencies. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board facilitates thoughtful collaboration.
Together, partners have identified creative solutions to repair and replace outdated tide gates. The endeavor has led to the creation of a tide gate inventory, funding and engineering resources for landowners, and planning tools for communities. Additionally, regulatory partners are working to develop a coordinated permitting process for tide gate updates. The tools will continue to roll out in the next year, helping landowners, communities, and regulatory agencies to work together to ensure properly functioning tide gates along the state's coast.