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Water Conservation, Reuse and Storage Grant Program
Application Submission Deadline: July 31, 2015
Now Accepting Applications
Oregon is facing increasing water demand and increasingly scarce water supplies.  To adequately meet Oregon’s diverse water demands now and into the future, Oregonians must use their water wisely and efficiently. That means looking more closely at innovative water conservation and reuse programs and environmentally sound storage projects that capture available water so it can be put to good use when needed.

Across the state, there are numerous potential water supply projects that are not pursued because of a lack of 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., at least $25,000 from another source to match the $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.
 

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 created a FAQ document for your use. If a question is not addressed in this document, please contact:
​Jon Unger
​503-986-0869
jon.j.unger@wrd.state.or.us
 
Grant Application Materials
​Grant Application - Fillable MS Word Version
Grant Application - Fillable PDF Version
​Grant Application Criteria and Evaluation Guide
​Sample Grant Agreement
 

 

Reporting Forms for Active Grants
Request for Release of Funds ​DOC ​PDF
​Progress Report for Storage ​DOC ​PDF
​Progress Report for Conservation and Storage ​DOC ​PDF
​Financial Status Report ​DOC ​PDF
 

 

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