The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board focuses on projects that approach natural resources management from a whole-watershed perspective. OWEB encourages projects that foster interagency cooperation, include other sources of funding, provide for local stakeholder involvement, include youth and volunteers and promote learning about watershed concepts. There are four general categories of projects eligible for OWEB funding:
On-the-ground watershed management
- Manage Nutrient and Sediment Inputs to Streams
- Employ Integrated Pest Management
- Implement Irrigation Practices that result in decreased water use, and increased in stream flow, increased groundwater level, or improved water quality
- Assessment and/or monitoring of natural resource conditions
- Opportunities for learning about watershed concepts (education/outreach)
Technical and Cost Share Assistance to Install Your Projects
The Sherman County Area Watershed Council provides technical assistance and cost share assistance for cropland erosion control, range management, and other projects.
Projects done or approved by OWEB: (Not a complete list)
Spring & Solar Development
Stream Temperature Monitoring
Owl / Raptor Boxes & Perches
Fish / In-Stream Restoration Work
Water and Sediment Control Basin Layout
Residue Management Practices
Weed Control - Chemical & Biological
OWEB Small Grant Program
The Small Grant Program responds to a need for local decision-making about watershed restoration opportunities on a shorter timeframe than is available under OWEB’s regular grant program. A "small grant" is classified as a grant awarded for an eligible watershed restoration project for up to 75% of the project cost, with OWEB covering costs up to but not exceeding $10,000.
We accept applications at any time. If funding is not available at the time then the application will be put aside until further funding opportunities arise. Projects eligible for funding are but not limited to items listed above. If OWEB funds requested do not exceed $6,5000 the required match is 25%. If OWEB funds requested do exceed $6,5000 the required match is 50%.
County Cost Share
There are funds available through the county tax base to implement conservation practices to address resource concerns. Examples of previous projects include reshaping terraces to improve water storage capacity and ease of farming, spring developments to improve livestock distribution and water access, improving haul roads to decrease dust and water erosion, and cross fencing to improve livestock distribution. We are here to help with your conservation needs, so call or come on in to our office and get signed up today!
Outreach / Education
Developing a strong education program is essential to conveying the concept of the “watershed approach.” This is particularly true in grade school through high school age children. Hands-on outdoor learning is an extremely successful method of teaching. Education about the watershed in which they live will instill ownership in the concepts and processes taking place within their community. Education of youth will also provide a mechanism to bring teachers, parents, students, and the Sherman County Area Watershed Council together in a pro-active environment.
Have an educational project you would like to persue? Call us today to sign up! There are funds available from the Watershed Education Incentive Fund through the Sherman County SWCD. Grant funds are available for up to $2,000.00 with a 25% match shown. These grants are not just for schools, any local organization can apply for conservation related projects!
Past projects include:
- Transportation expenses for field trips
- 6th grade watershed education
- Brain Pop Gizmos learning system
- Outdoor Education - High School