OWEB Restoration Grants

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB)


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Oct 29, 2018 6:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: May 7, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Oregon

Location of residency: Oregon

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Overview:

Background

Restoration Priorities include projects that address or involve:

  • altered watershed functions affecting water quality, water flow, and the production capacity for fish.
  • removal or remediation of structures such as roads, culverts, and channels to improve water quality and/or fish habitat.
  • land management practices to address the causes of chronic disturbances to the watershed.
  • direct evidence of collaboration between stakeholders and agencies over single-party projects.
  • upslope and upstream treatments.

Eligible Restoration Projects by Habitat and Activity

This is not an exhaustive list. Please see OWEB's Online Application Guidance for further details. 

Instream Habitat

  • Bank stabilization
  • Fish passage improvement​
  • Fish screening
  • Flow
  • Habitat restoration

Riparian Habitat

  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Exclusion for habitat protection
  • Livestock management

Upland Habitat

  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Livestock management

Wetland or Estuarine Habitat

  • Road closures/decommissioning
  • Road drainage improvement
  • Vegetation establishment or management
  • Exclusion for habitat protection
  • Channel modification, including creation
  • Structure removal, modification, or installation
  • Nonstructural removal and placement protection

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • A regular grant applicant may be any person, tribe, watershed council, soil and water conservation district, not-for-profit institution, school, community college, state institution of higher education, independent not-for-profit institution of higher education, or political subdivision of this state that is not a state agency.
    • A state agency or federal agency may apply for funding under this section only as a co-applicant with one of the other eligible entities.
    • Any of these applicants or co-applicants may also serve as a fiscal agent for grants.

Preferences:

  • For grant applications to be funded by the Watershed Conservation Grant Fund, the following preferences will apply:
    •  Projects that address altered watershed functions affecting water quality, water flow volume and duration, and the production capacity for fish over projects that address site-specific land use problems where the greatest benefit is to a private resource or land.
    • Projects that include removal or remediation of human-caused alterations (roads, culverts, channelization, etc.) to improve water quality and/or fish habitat over projects that enhance naturally functioning systems.
    • Projects that change land management practices to address the causes of chronic disturbances to the watershed over projects that address only symptoms of disturbance.
    • Projects with direct evidence of collaboration between stakeholders and agencies over single-party projects.
    • Projects focusing on upslope and upstream treatments over projects focusing on downslope and downstream treatments, unless the project addresses tidal-driven systems or addresses other specific issues (e.g. historic losses) that encompass whole watershed conditions.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible Projects
    • A watershed improvement project consisting solely of water storage structure construction for an out-of-stream use not related to watershed restoration or protection.
    • A fish screening project eligible for funding through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's fish screening program.
    • A watershed improvement project constructed solely to comply with a state or federal agency enforcement order, legal judgment, or mitigation requirement.
    • Routine project maintenance costs.
    • A water conservation project in which there is no measurable instream flow benefit, groundwater benefit, or water quality improvement.