Projects to enhance state-owned submerged and submersible lands may be funded through a grant program managed by the Department of State Lands, known as the Submerged Lands Enhancement Fund. The program, approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2017, focuses on projects that improve water quality, improve recreational access and make other waterway improvements. Eligible projects specifically include:
- Removal, salvage, storage and disposal of abandoned or derelict structures
- Removal and disposal of marine debris
- Assistance with the salvage, towing, storage and disposal of abandoned or derelict vessels pursuant to ORS 830.908 to 830.944
- Engagement in activities to improve water quality, watershed enhancement and fish and wildlife habitat on submerged and submersible lands
Compensatory mitigation projects are not eligible.
Eligible applicants include state agencies, cities, counties, water improvement districts, watershed councils, parks and recreation districts, port districts, nonprofit organizations or federally recognized Indian tribes.
In 2018, DSL funded a total of $100,000 in projects through the SLEF.
Coming Soon! Watch this space for information on the next round of SLEF project funding!
Click here to view the 2017-19 Application