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Rulemaking Advisory Committees

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.

Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting #1-July 12, 2022
Agenda
Proposed and Potential Division 5 Rule Revisions
Recording

Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting #2-August 30, 2022
Agenda
Draft Division 5 Rule Revisions
July 12, 2022 Meeting Minutes
Public Comment
Recording


Updates to OWEB's Climate Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking
At the July 2022 meeting, the OWEB Board authorized rulemaking necessary to fully implement the OWEB Climate Resolution. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) has been formed to assist OWEB in developing climate-related evaluation criteria and accompanying definition​s across OWEB’s grant programs. A Summary Report of the Climate Resolution Public Engagement Process was given at the July board meeting.​ The evaluation criteria and definitions are intended to be included in the agency’s administrative rules.

OWEB Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rules Adding Climate-related Evaluation Criteria to OWEB’s Grant P​rograms
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Climate-related Evaluation Criteria and Definitions

  • Public Comment closes at 5:00 pm on June 5, 2023
  • To comment on the proposed rules: ​please send comments by email to Eric Hartein with the phrase "Comments on OWEB Climate-related Evaluation Criteria Rules" in the subject line. Written comments may also be mailed to:
    Eric Hartstein, OWEB
    775 Summer Street NE, Suite 360
    Salem, OR 97301-1290.

  • Public Hearings: ​While public comment is open, OWEB will hold a virtual public hearing to receive oral comments regarding the proposed rule revisions on May 24, 2023, at 10:00 am.
  • ​Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85393495878?pwd=a2JuczU1OW1Xa2lYdjBNVDhHRUppUT09
    Meeting ID: 853 9349 5878
    Passcode: 686524
    Phone: 1-253-205-0468​
  • 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 special considerations 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.

Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking Meeting #1-December 5, 2022
Agenda
Climate Evaluation Criteria First Draft December 5, 2022
Recording

Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking Meeting #2-January 6, 2023
Agenda
Climate Evaluation Criteria Second Draft January 6, 2023
Recording​

Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking Meeting #3-February 10, 2023
Agenda
Climate Evaluation Criteria Third Draft February 2, 2023
Guidance​ to Illustrate How Climate Evaluation Criteria Could be Applied in OWEB Grant Programs Draft February 2, 2023​
Recording​

Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking Meeting #4-March 14, 2023 CANCELED​
YouTube Meeting Cancelation Notice​​​

Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking Meeting #4​​​-​April 11, 2023​
Agenda
Climate Evaluation Criteria Fourth Draft March 6, 2023
Recording​​​​​​

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.​

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.

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

Contact

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