The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) supports the capacity of watershed councils and soil and water conservation districts so Oregon has an enduring, high capacity local infrastructure for conducting watershed restoration and conservation. OWEB Operating Capacity grants for watershed councils and Soil and Water Conservation Districts help fund costs such as staff, contractors and operating costs.
Watershed Council Capacity Grants
The Watershed Council Capacity Grants provide operating capacity support for Coastal Zone Watershed Councils - locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory groups established to improve the condition of watersheds in their local area. Watershed councils bring varied interests together to form a common vision for the watershed, prioritize activities, and identify landowner participants for important projects. Many of the threatened or endangered salmonids inhabit coastal watersheds. However, many of the streams have impairments that limit the survival success of salmonids. Coastal Watershed Councils work to identify, prioritize, and develop restoration projects that strive to address limiting factors and aim to help salmon recovery through habitat restoration and enhancement.
Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Capacity
Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Capacity Grants provide funding to enable the capacity of coastal SWCDs to conduct business, and provide assistance to landowners and partners to conserve natural resources. This work is vital in protecting and improving Oregon's water quality. SWCD Capacity Grants Provide technical assistance and community engagement for the restoration and protection of native fish and wildlife, watersheds, and water quality through implementation of Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plans and the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.
Enforceable Policies and Staff
There are no OCMP enforceable policies related to OWEB
There are no staff at OWRD allocated to OCMP, however there are about 20 Watershed Council and 16 SWCD capacity grants per biennium in the coastal zone that are reported to NOAA as part of the OCMP.