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Monitoring Grants


The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) funds monitoring projects proposed by eligible partners within the state of Oregon (per Oregon Administrative Rule 695, Division 25). Funded monitoring projects may include: gathering baseline data on current conditions in a watershed, evaluating the specific efforts of management actions, or comparing similar watershed components before and after a project. All monitoring projects must be developed within the context of the entire watershed, follow OWEB approved protocols, and use the information to implement or direct projects to enhance or sustain the health of watersheds. Monitoring applications must describe the specific habitat, stream, vegetation, macroinvertebrates, fish, other animals, invasive species, soil, and/or water quality and quantity variables measured. Applicants must explain the monitoring question and how it fits into the larger watershed context, and provide information about local assessments or plans tied to the project, and/or provide information about complementary monitoring efforts conducted by partners as part of a broader plan.

Eligible Monitoring Types

If you have questions about the eligibility of your monitoring proposal, please contact Ken Fetcho and/or the Regional Program Representative for the region in which the monitoring will take place. See OWEB's Online Application Guidance for more eligibility details.

Description. Monitoring made at a regular interval to determine long-term patterns of a parameter(s),and to assess conditions relative to specific criteria. A component may involve collecting baseline data, if none exists.

Activities. These can include monitoring/surveys targeting habitat, stream, vegetation, macroinvertebrates, juvenile fish, adult fish, other biologicals, invasive species, soil, water quantity, and water quality.

Description. Monitors effectiveness of a restoration project(s) in meeting its biological and ecological objectives. A component may involve collecting baseline data to establish representative conditions before restoration is implemented.

Activities. These can include habitat surveys, stream surveys, vegetation, macroinvertebrates, juvenile fish, adult fish, other biological monitoring, invasive species, soil surveys, water quantity, and water quality.​

Description. Measures environmental parameters to determine the effectiveness of restoration actions in creating desired habitat condition change(s) at a large geographical scale.

Activities. These can include monitoring/surveys targeting habitat, stream, vegetation, macroinvertebrates, juvenile fish, adult fish, other biologicals, invasive species, soil, water quantity, and water quality.

Description.The collection, compilation, analysis, and interpretation of biological data to facilitate management decisions and actions for control and/or mitigation of impairment. Assessments are rapid, streamlined, scientifically valid procedures for biological surveys that allow multiple site investigations in a field season, and quick turn-around of results for management decisions. A rapid bio-assessment (RBA) is different than a Technical Assistance (TA) assessment and survey because it is usually conducted in a particular area, many times, whereas a TA assessment is often a one-time stand-alone activity. In addition, an RBA follows specific protocols and usually involves hiring qualified contractors to complete the survey. RBA projects can be thought of as a “quick and dirty” method of evaluating a biological species distribution and abundance.

Activities. These can include monitoring/surveys targeting habitat, stream, vegetation, macroinvertebrates, juvenile fish, adult fish, other biologicals, invasive species, soil, water quantity, and water quality.

Applications are accepted in the Fall of each year and are submitted entirely through our online system. Deadlines will be posted once the Fall grant cycle opens.

  1. Obtain a login (username and password).
    If your organization already has an OGMS login, skip to step 2.
  2. An OGMS login is required to access the online grant application. Only one login per organization is allowed. If no login exists for an organization, please email Leilani Sullivan to request one. Include the following in your email:
    • Organization name and address
    • Grantee Contact Information: name, title, email address, and phone number for the person who will receive all communication from OWEB and sign any grant agreements.
    • Payee Contact Information: name, email address, and phone number for the person who keeps records and submits payment requests and documentation.
    • FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). OWEB may enter into agreements only with legally established entities. OWEB will review potential applicants prior to creating an OGMS login.
  3. Log in to the Online Application.
    Guidance to help you fill out the application is always available in the top navigation bar of the online application. An application template is also available after you log in and choose "Create a New Application."

Please contact your Project Manager with questions.

​After grant applications are submitted:

  1. ​OWEB staff check project eligibility in each application.
  2. Oregon Plan Monitoring Team reads applications and meets to review applications based on established criteria for certainty of success and benefit to the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. A summary of strengths, concerns, and recommendations is provided to the regional review teams for consideration.
  3. Regional Review Teams read applications that are in their region and meet to review applications based on criteria described in administrative rules. They recommend one of the following for each grant: a) Fund, b) Fund with conditions, c) Do not fund, or d) Defer. Review Teams prioritize projects recommended for funding based on:
    1. How well the project meets the criteria established in OARs 695-025-0120 and -0140,
    2. Certainty of project being completed successfully, and
    3. Benefit to watershed function, habitat, and water quality.
  4. OWEB staff summarize Oregon Plan Monitoring Team and Regional Review Team evaluations and recommend projects for funding to the board. OWEB staff post summarized evaluations and staff recommendations online.
  5. The OWEB board awards grants.


Online Monitoring Application Tutorial (Recorded webinar, August 2018. 2hr)

Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting Requirements (Recorded webinar with OWEB and DEQ, May 2019. 1hr 20min)

Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program (DEQ website)

Monitoring for the Oregon Plan

Field and Technical Guides

If you would like technical input from state agency monitoring experts as you develop your monitoring application please contact the following Oregon Plan Monitoring Team (OPMT) agencies.


Ken Fetcho, Effectiveness Monitoring Coordinator

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