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OWEB 101, Watersheds, and You

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a state agency that provides grants to help Oregonians take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas. Community members and landowners use scientific criteria to decide jointly what needs to be done to conserve and improve rivers and natural habitats in the places where they live. OWEB grants are funded by the Oregon Lottery, federal dollars, and salmon license plate revenue. The agency is led by an 18-member citizen board drawn from the public at large, tribes, and federal and state natural resource agency boards and commissions.

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OWEB is a state agency that provides grants to help protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies.

OWEB has been providing grants since 1987!

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A Watershed is an area of land that channels precipitation rainfall and snowmelt into lakes, rivers, and streams that flow to the ocean. Wherever you are, you are in a watershed.

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Grants are investments funded by state, federal, and local communities. Grant applicants partner with state, federal, or tribal agencies to request grant funding.

Grant applications are evaluated by teams of subject matter experts, then voted for funding by the OWEB board.

Who Funds Grants?

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Grant types range from Small Grants to landscape-scale Focused Investment Partnerships (FIPs).

Grant Types Webpage

Grant Types Handout

Example Projects

Contact Us

For general questions, call the main office at (503) 986-0178, office support at (971) 718-7749 or (503) 428-1804.
Or email.
To contact a specific staff member, visit Staff Directory.