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Current Rulemaking Advisory Committees

At the July 2023 meeting​, the OWEB Board authorized rulemaking for OWEB’s Small Grant Program. The Small Grant Program is an easy-to-engage-in, competitive grant program that awards funds for on-the-ground restoration projects. The program responds to a need for local decision-making about watershed restoration opportunities on a timeline shorter than many of OWEB’s other grant programs. The board has expressed interest in examining the eligible applicants and types of grants offered through the grant program. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC)​ has been formed to assist OWEB in developing revisions to the Small Grant Program rules.​​

OWEB Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rule Revisions to the Small Grants Program
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Public Comment​​

  • To Comment on the Proposed Rules: The public comment period for the proposed rule revisions will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 3, 2024. Written comments should be submitted through OWEB's online public comment form.
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  • ​​ Public Hearings: While public comment is open, OWEB held a virtual public hearing to receive oral comments regarding the proposed rule revisions on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 9:00 am.

  • Public Accommodation: The services, programs, and activities of OWEB are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. To request accommodations to participate in these hearings, please contact the Board’s ADA coordinator, Nicole Bettinardi ​(503-428-1804) at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.
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Small Grant Program Division 35 Meeting #1-November 27, 2023
Agenda
Small Grant Rules Potential Revisions November 27, 2023​
​Recording​

Small Grant Program Division 35 Meeting #2-December 18, 2023
Agenda​​
Small Grant Rules Potential Revisions December 18, 2023
Small Grant Program Division 35 Meeting #4-February 22, 2024
Agenda​​
Small Grant Rules Potential Revisions February 22, 2024
Public Comment
Recording​


House Bill (HB) ​2010​ is an omnibus water bill from the 2023 legislative session that directs OWEB to establish a grant program to provide grants to water suppliers for the protection of drinking water sources. At the July 2023 meeting, the OWEB Board authorized the rulemaking necessary to implement the newly established Drinking Water Source Protection grant program. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) has been formed to assist OWEB in developing administrative rules to define program administrative requirements.

OWEB Seeks Public Comment on Administrative Rules for the N​ew Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking​​
Public Comment

  • To Comment on the Proposed Rules: The public comment period for the proposed rule revisions will close at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 7, 2024. Written comments should be submitted through OWEB's online public comment form.
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  • ​​Public Hearings: While public comment is open, OWEB will hold a virtual public hearing to receive oral comments regarding the proposed rule revisions on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 10:00 am.

  • ​​Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89877437377?pwd=R0xXV3ZlbUJkeVB0QTZHMG1oS2RSUT09
    Meeting ID: 898 7743 7377
    Passcode: 024793​
    Phone: 1-669-900-6833

  • Public Accommodation: The services, programs, and activities of OWEB are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. To request accommodations to participate in these hearings, please contact the Board’s ADA coordinator, Nicole Bettinardi ​(503-428-1804) at least 72 hours prior to the hearing.

Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program RAC Meeting #1-January 10, 2024
​Agenda
Presentation
Public Comment
Recording​​​​​

Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program RAC Meeting #2-February 9, 2024
​Agenda
DAS Bond Funding Presentation​​
Rulemaking Language Presentation
Public Comment
Recording​​​

Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program RAC Meeting #3-February 27, 2024
​Agenda​​​
Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program Draft Rules February 22, 2024
​Recording​​​

Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program RAC Meeting #4-March 15, 2024
​Agenda
Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program Draft Rules March 8, 2024
Recording​

Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program RAC Meeting #5-April 4, 2024
​Agenda
Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program Draft Rules March 28, 2024
Public Comment​​​​
Recording​

Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program RAC Meeting #6-April 19, 2024
​Agenda
Drinking Water Source Protection Grant Program Draft Rules​ April 15, 2024
Recording​​​​

​​At the January 2024 meeting​, the OWEB Board authorized rulemaking for OWEB’s Focused Investment Partnership (FIP) Grant Program. The FIP program is an OWEB investment that: addresses a board-identified focused investment priority of significance to the state; achieves clear and measurable ecological outcomes; uses integrated, results-oriented approaches as identified through a strategic action plan; and is implemented by a high-performing partnership. FIP funding supports partnerships in pursuing conservation initiatives with up to $12 million over six years. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC)​ has been formed to assist OWEB in developing revisions to the FIP rules.

Focused Investment Partnership Grants RAC Meeting #1-June 27, 2024

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Contact

Please direct questions and comments to Eric Hartstein, Senior Policy Coordinator, or 503-910-6201.



Rules Adopted in 2023

Administrative Rule OWEB Grant Program

Updates to OWEB’s Grant Program Rules (Division 5)
At the January 2022 meeting, the OWEB Board approved initiating rulemaking for Division 5, OWEB Grant Program. The division generally governs the acceptance and consideration of grant applications. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) has been formed to assist OWEB in developing revisions to the rules.

RAC Meeting #1-July 12, 2022
Agenda and Materials
Recording

RAC Meeting #2-August 30, 2022
Agenda and Materials
Recording​​

Administrative Rule Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria​​

Updates to OWEB's Climate Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking
At the July 2022 meeting, the OWEB Board authorized rulemaking to implement the OWEB Climate Resolution. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) w​as formed to assist OWEB in developing climate-related evaluation criteria and accompanying definitions across OWEB’s grant programs. A Summary Report of the Climate Resolution Public Engagement Process was given at the July board meeting.

RAC Meeting #1-December 5, 2022
Agenda and Materials
Recording

RAC  Meeting #2-January 6, 2023
Agenda and Materials
Recording​

RAC  Meeting #3-February 10, 2023
Agenda and Materials
Recording​

RAC ​ Meeting #4​​​-​April 11, 2023​
Agenda and Materials
Recording​

Proposed Rules June 5, 2023​
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Climate-related Evaluation Criteria and Definitions​​​​​​​​​​​