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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
Proposed and Potential Division 5 Rule Revisions

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

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 across OWEB’s grant programs. A Summary Report of the Climate Resolution Public Engagement Process was given at the July board meeting.

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

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

Climate-Related Evaluation Criteria Rulemaking Meeting #3-February 10, 2023
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​


Oregon Revised Statutes Complete Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) on the State Legislature website. ORS pertaining to OWEB begin at 541.890 and continue through 541.972.


Please see the Documents section of this page for relevant documents.

In 2004, the OWEB Board adopted an administrative rule that states: “The Board will not consider: (3) A watershed improvement project constructed solely to comply with a state or federal agency enforcement order, legal judgment or mitigation requirement;…” (OAR 695-010-0040). In 2009, the OWEB Board adopted policy guidance to further define and clarify the eligibility for projects under this rule.​

Based on concerns that OWEB should not be viewed as the sole funder or strong funding source for mine cleanups, in 2011 the OWEB Board adopted general policy against funding activities at environmental cleanup sites. The limited exception to this policy is for high priority activities which will improve water quality and/or restore habitat of abandoned mines on private land and for which other funding is not available.​

The 2001 Oregon Legislature enacted SB 770 (ORS 182.162-.168) formalizing the government-to-government relationship that exists between Oregon´s Indian tribes and the State of Oregon. The bill requires state agencies to develop and implement policies on tribal relations. Agency managers and others who communicate with the tribes are to be trained in tribal matters, participate in annual meetings and prepare annual reports.

The bill institutionalized the 1996 Executive Order EO-96-30 (PDF) which established a process to "assist in resolving potential conflicts, maximize key inter-governmental relations, and enhance an exchange of ideas and resources for the greater good of all of Oregon's citizens." Provisions of the statute also include annual meetings, require 'key contact' designation, and encourage inter-governmental agreements.

The OWEB key contact on tribal matters is Ken Fetcho, 971-345-7018.​​​

The statewide Information Security policy (#107-004-052), effective as of July 30, 2007, directs each state agency to establish a plan to initiate and control the implementation of information security within the agency and manage risk associated with information assets. OWEB has developed and implemented an Information Security Plan and associated polices.​


Please direct questions and comments to Eric Hartstein, (503) 910-6201.