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Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program
Grant Funding Cycle Closed

Oregon is facing increasing water needs and increasingly scarce water supplies.  To adequately meet Oregon’s diverse water needs now and into the future, Oregonians must use their water wisely and efficiently. That means designing innovative water conservation, reuse, and storage projects that capture available water so it can be put to beneficial use when needed.

Potential water supply projects funds necessary to cover the up-front costs of feasibility studies and related analyses that must be completed before a project can begin. To meet this challenge, in 2008 the Oregon Legislature established the Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program to be administered by Oregon Water Resources Department.

The Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program provides match funding for project planning studies performed to evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse or storage projects. Funding recipients will be required to demonstrate funding from another source that is not less than a dollar-for-dollar match of the amount of Program funding requested (i.e., provide at least $25,000 from another source to match $25,000 in Program funds requested). 
Eligible Project Elements Include:
  1. Analyses of hydrological refill capacity; 
  2. Water needs analyses; 
  3. Refined hydrological analyses; 
  4. Engineering and financial feasibility studies; 
  5. Geologic analyses; 
  6. Water exchange studies; 
  7. Analyses of by-pass, optimum peak, flushing and other ecological flows of the affected stream and the impact of a   proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project on those flows; 
  8. Comparative analyses of alternative means of supplying water, including but not limited to the costs and benefits of conservation and efficiency alternatives and the extent to which long-term water supply needs may be met using those alternatives; 
  9. Analyses of environmental harm or impacts from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project; 
  10. Analyses of public benefits accruing from a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project; 
  11. Fiscal analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including estimated project costs, financing for the project and projected financial returns from the project; 
  12. Hydrological analyses of a proposed water conservation, reuse or storage project, including the anticipated effects of climate change on hydrological refill capacity; and 
  13. Analyses of potential water quality impacts of the project.

 

2016 Funding Cycle

The  Feasibility Study Grant program, established by Senate Bill 1069 (2008), is designed to fund the qualifying costs of planning studies that evaluate the feasibility of developing water conservation, reuse or storage projects. The Department solicited grant applications from August 4, 2015 through February 1, 2016. During that time the Department received thirty complete applications requesting $2,266,722 of feasibility study funding. A multi-agency team reviewed each application and made funding recommendations to the Water Resources Commission at their May 19, 2016 meeting.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Contact Information

The Department anticipates that there will be inquiries regarding eligibility criteria and application submission during the course of the open application period. We have developed an FAQ document for your use.

Program Coordinator:

​Jon Unger
​503-986-0869
jon.j.unger@wrd.state.or.us
Grant Application Materials 
Please note - Applications must be completed on current form
​Grant Application - Coming Soon

​Sample Grant Agreement


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Reporting Forms for Active Grants
Request for Release of Funds Form ​DOC​
​Quarterly Progress Report Template ​DOC

 

 
2015 - 2017 Grant Applications Received

Grant Applications - First Cycle

Grant Applications - Second Cycle

 


Past Studies Completed
2013-2015 Grantee Information and Final Reports
2011-2013 Grantee Information and Final Reports
2009-2011 Grantee Information and Final Reports
​Program Rules

      OAR 690-600

 

 

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